The Central Railway in a small time of just eight months has recorded a recovery of Rs. 125 crore from errant travelers who were levied with fine for not carrying train ticket etc. And in the month of November itself, the sum collected as penalty amounts to as much as Rs. 21.39 crore, which is higher by 83.45% in comparison to the recovery made by the behemoth in the same month last year. Last year in November, the Central railways recovered a sum of Rs. 11.66 crore.
"The record ticket checking earnings could be due to our intensive campaign against ticketless and irregular travel," a senior CR official is quoted as saying in a PTI report.
"In our endeavour to provide better services to bonafide rail users and also to curb the ticketless travel, our various teams of commercial staff have undertaken various innovative steps.
"Besides, our senior officers closely monitor the revenue loss caused from errant travellers and launch measure to counter it," said the official.
The CR is one of the 17 zones of the Indian Railways and includes part of Maharashtra and small parts of Southern Madhya Pradesh and North-Eastern Karnataka. And is further inclusive of Mumbai, Bhusawal, Nagpur, Solapur and Pune.
There has been a phenomenal increase in ticketless or irregular travel cases other than un-booked baggage.