7 lakh ticketless travellers in Delhi division of Railways
The penalty earnings amounted to Rs 10.4 crore during the same period in 2014-15, with the Delhi Division registering an increase of 48.5 per cent in such earnings. The amount has been realised through detection of 7.2 lakh cases of ticketless travel during April-September, said a senior railway official. There were 98,000 cases of ticketless travellers in September alone and penalty of Rs 2.32 crore has been realised from them.
Describing the ticket checking drive by the Railways as “one of the steps being taken to arrest declining passenger traffic” in the recent past, he said 3,019 checks were conducted during September 2015-16.
A total of 732 passengers were prosecuted during the nine magisterial checks/ bus raids conducted at Gurgaon, Nangloi, Delhi Shahdara, Delhi, <g data-gr-id="20">Fridabad</g> and Nizamuddin stations. He said 14 touts were prosecuted under Section 143, 936 vendors under Section 144, 298 persons under Section 156 for roof riding, 1,095 under Section 162 for travelling in ladies compartment and 1,238 were prosecuted under Section 167 for smoking, in September.
“We have been continuously analyzing the drop in passenger traffic in unreserved segment and have identified few stations and sections for intensified ticket checking drive through combined checks and magistrate checks,” Delhi Divisional Railway Manager Arun Arora said.