NFR realizes highest ever penalty on ticketless travelling

NFR realizes highest ever penalty on ticketless travelling

GUWAHATI, May 30: To curb ticketless travel and to facilitate hassle-free travel by genuine passengers; N F Railway has been carrying out relentless drive against ticketless travelling. About 7.13 lakh of without ticket passengers were detected by NFR against previous year’s detection of 5.75 lakh of such passenger. This is about 24% (approx) higher in regard to number of cases detected in comparison to previous financial year. This increase is despite suspensions and cancellations of train services of Mail/Express & Passenger trains during the months of August & September last year due to breaches and floods over NFR leading to almost 4.47 million less travel.

NFR authority has also realized an amount of Rs 46.17 crore from ticketless travelers as penalty during last financial year in comparison to Rs 39.12 crs realized during previous year. This is about 18.04% (approx) higher in regard to earnings in comparison to last year. This is the highest ever penalty realization by NFR since formation of this Zone in 1959.

It is to be mentioned that during a special drive against the menace of ticketless travel on 29th May, 55 without ticket passengers were detected at Silchar railway station. The special drive was conducted by the NFR Vigilance Department jointly with Security and Commercial departments. During the special checking, an amount of Rs 17,120 was realized as fine from the detected without ticket passengers. In addition to this, an amount of Rs 12,765 was also realized from passengers with un-booked luggage, spitting and littering in railway premises.

NFR officials have been conducting surprise ticket checking drive in Mail/Express and passenger trains. As per section 137 of Indian Railway Act of 1989, travelling without ticket, improper ticket or un-booked luggage is an offence punishable by imprisonment or fine or both.

To discourage ticketless travelling, NFR has put systems in place whereby surprise ticket checking drive is conducted by Flying Ticket Checking Squads of Divisions as well as HQs. Fortress checks are also conducted in stations. For this, officers are nominated at HQs and Divisional levels from different departments, who are accompanied by security personal from Railway Protection Force and Govt Railway Police.

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