It’s not just the passengers who have to put up with shoddy services on trains, but also travelling ticket examiners (TTEs) who have been demanding basic facilities especially when it comes to running rooms, which they call their second home.
A visit to the city’s railway station brought out the filthy condition of these running rooms. Dirty and torn mattresses, with bugs crawling below, were spread out in the rooms.
“We spend 12 hours, sometimes even 16, in the running room and only we know how we manage to stay here. We can’t sleep even in peace. We’ve little hope things will change as, despite several complaints to the authorities, nothing has been done,” said one of the ticket examiners.
“The walls in the rooms are always damp with cobwebs hanging from the corners. The fans don’t work most of the time and, even if they do, they move slowly. Water accumulates in the rear courtyards, which have become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Though the water cooler is functioning it’s covered with moss,” said another TTE.
Pravesh Chander, chief ticket inspector, Northern Railways, Ludhiana, said: “Conditions at the TTE running room at the train station are far from satisfactory. Though several complaints have been lodged the authorities have not bothered to look into them.”
Meanwhile, Roshan Singh, senior divisional commercial manager, Ferozepur division, Northern Railways, said: “I took up my new post only a while ago but I’ll now ensure inspections of TTEs’ running rooms are conducted regularly.”