Railways collect Rs.13.65 crore from ticketless travellers in north-east

Agartala, Oct 7 (IANS) Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) officials registered 200,470 cases for travelling without a ticket or with an irregular ticket and realised Rs.13.65 crore in fines from April to August, an official said here on Wednesday.

“NFR officials registered 200,470 cases of travel without tickets or irregular ticket passengers. A fine of Rs.13.65 crore was realised from these passengers,” NFR’s chief public relations officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma said.

“To discourage ticketless travel, the NFR has put systems in place whereby surprise checks are conducted by flying squads,” he said.

Fortress checks are also conducted in stations. The NFR officials during surprise checking are accompanied by security personnel from the Railway Protection Force and the Government Railway Police.

Another NFR official said that unlike in other parts of India, cases of ticketless travel or passengers with irregular tickets were very negligible earlier in the north-eastern region, particularly Assam.

“As cases of ticketless travel or travel on irregular tickets in north-eastern region increased, the NFR stepped up surprise checks by flying squads and other railway officials,” he said.

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