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Central Railway collects Rs 15 lakh fine from free passengers

Whopping number of 4.5 thousand passengers were caught red handed travelling without tickets

AP I IND INDIA RAILWAY BUDGETMumbai: The number of without-ticket passengers in Central Railway is increasing day by day. To avoid this, Central railway undertook a campaign of 48 hours on 3rd and 4th October. Whopping number of 4.5 thousand passengers were caught red handed travelling without tickets. The fine collected from these offenders is Rs 15 lakh. This is the biggest campaign held by railways till date.

This campaign was conducted at Dadar, Ghatkopar, Thane and Kalyan stations. Total 650 ticket checkers, 100 railway security force guards and 150 volunteers of Scout Guide worked on it together. They were divided on these four stations in four shifts in 48 hours. They had also covered the entrance and exit to catch free passengers.

Totoal 4,414 commuters were caught; including 2461 from second class and 193 from first class and 1156 people who traveled in 1st class while having ticket of 2nd class compartment, 603 travelers did not have proper ticket for luggage. This is the first time when such large numbers of free travelers are caught and a huge amount of fine is recovered. Hence, this is a commendable unique campaign for the Central Railway.

Around 1600 people are caught daily for travelling without ticket and average Rs 5 lakh is collected as a fine from them. Meanwhile, Central railway is planning to execute this project on every station daily.

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