Over Rs 9 lakh was recovered as penalty from total 1,752 passengers found travelling without tickets in trains at the Chandigarh railway station on Saturday.
Pertinently, the drive was held a few months after the northern railways Ambala division divisional railways manager (DRM) had cited Chandigarh’s “high literacy rate” for “less number of defaulters” at the station.
The drive was held as part of the series of surprise checks being held by the division at different stations.
Talking about the drives, DRM Dinesh Kumar said total 419 passengers were caught travelling ‘without tickets’, while total 1,333 passengers were caught under other categories, including adult travelling with half ticket, travelling in drunken condition, travel with a ticket of passenger train in an express train, and travel in a Class-2 category seat with a sleeper-class ticket.
The official who conducted the checks stated over Rs 4.86 lakh was recovered after those travelling without the tickets were told to deposit the complete fare amount of their travel. Meanwhile, over Rs 4.38 lakh was imposed as penalty on total 1,752 defaulters caught for not carrying tickets.
Kumar added, “A team of 60-70 ticket checkers conducted the drive. Since there is always a strong possibility of such violations during the vacation days, we sent the team, comprising railway police force (
RPF) and government railway police (GRP), to the station.” He added more such drives would be carried out in the future.