GUWAHATI, May 17 - The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has detected 59,124 cases of passengers travelling without tickets or with irregular tickets in the month of April.This is a growth from the number of 50,079 cases detected during the corresponding period last year, said an official statement.
“An amount of Rs 4.08 crore was realised from without ticket/irregular ticket passengers as fine and penalty during April this year as compared to Rs 3.32 crore in the same month last year. The increase in earnings is about 22.89 per cent and the increase in number of cases detected is about 18.06 per cent more in comparison to the same period last year,” it said.
The NFR said it has been conducting surprise ticket checking drives in mail, express and passenger trains to ensure eradication of ticketless travel as well as comfortable journey to genuine passengers.
Travelling without ticket or with improper ticket or with unbooked luggage is an offence punishable by imprisonment or fine or both as per Section 137 of the Indian Railways Act of 1989.
“To discourage ticketless travel, NFR has also put systems in place whereby surprise ticket checking drive is conducted by flying ticket checking squads of divisions as well as headquarters. Fortress checks are also conducted in stations,” added the statement.