The Western Railways (WR) has collected over Rs3.63 crores in the period of just one month of August 2011 by conducting intensive checks and surprise visits in the train compartments. The amount collected is 23.14% more than the corresponding month last year.
The WR found out 1,27,066 cases of ticketless or irregular travel including unbooked luggage cases. These figures pertain to the entire region of WR and not only suburban network.
The WR have also found 87 cases of illegal transfer of reserved tickets fetching an amount of Rs74,581 through fines. 1043 beggars and unauthorized hawkers were also caught during the month. However, only 798 people of this lot were actually evicted from the railway premises. 212 persons were prosecuted out of which 210 persons were fined and an amount of Rs1,17,500 was collected as fine. 2 persons were sent to jail.
During the month, 156 checks were conducted against touts and other anti-social elements. As a result, 416 persons were apprehended and got prosecuted under various sections of Railways Act. Out of 416 persons, 414 persons were fined and an amount of over Rs.36,039 was recovered from them and 2 persons were prosecuted under section 143.