Railways nabs approx 33,000 passengers for ticketless travel
The drives were conducted at the Pune-Malavli, Pune-Baramati, Pune-Miraj and Miraj-Kolhapur sections of the division
Pune: The Pune Division of Central Railway (CR) has fined 33,503 passengers travelling without ticket in April and May this year and has generated revenue Rs 2.10 crore through the fines.
Manoj Jhawar, official spokesperson of the Central Railway Pune Division, said, “Railway officials in our division have been regularly conducting drives for checking tickets at various stations. While we have been regularly appealing to the passengers to travel with a ticket, however, our instructions are often trivialised.”
Fine for defaulters
Jhawar added, “During these drives, we impose a fine of Rs 250 on passengers who are found travelling without ticket, apart from than the ticket amount of the respective train journey. If any passenger refuses to pay the fine, he is liable to be arrested on the same grounds by the concerned officials,” said Jhawar.
According to Jhawar, the drives were conducted at the Pune-Malavli, Pune-Baramati, Pune-Miraj and Miraj-Kolhapur sections of the division.
During April and May, the division has registered a total of 74,535 cases including the cases of passengers travelling without tickets, generating a total revenue of Rs 4.08 crore. This includes cases such as travelling with luggage over the permissible limits and entering the railway station premises without the platform tickets.
Under the guidance of Pune Divisional Railway Manager Milind Deouskar, Additional DRM Praful Chandra, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Sunil Mishra led the team of ticket inspectors and Railway Protection Force.
- According to the rules, minimum and maximum luggage a passenger can carry is 70 kg and 150 kg in first-class air-conditioned, 50 kg and 100 kg in AC two-tier, and 40 kg and 80 kg in sleeper class
- If a passenger is travelling a 500 kilometre distance with 40 kg luggage in a sleeper class, he can book for the extra 40 kg luggage by paying Rs 109 more.
- However, if the passenger fails to do so and is caught with excess luggage, the passenger will end up paying a penalty that is six times the actual fee, so if the extra luggage costs Rs 109, the fine will be Rs 654.