In order to ensure hassle-free, comfortable travel & better services to all bonafide passengers over Western Railway, intensive Ticket Checking drives are being carried out continuously over Mumbai suburban local services, Mail/Express as well as passenger trains & holiday special trains so as to curb the menace of ticketless/irregular passengers. The Ticket Checking staff worked with full zeal and the highly motivated Ticket Checking team under the supervision of senior commercial officers of Western Railway organized several ticket checking drives during the months from April to November 2023, thereby recovering an amount to the tune of Rs. 115.71 Crore, which also includes Rs. 30.06 Crore from Mumbai Suburban section.
According to a press release issued by Sumit Thakur – Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, during the month of November 2023, highest ever monthly Ticket Checking revenue of Rs. 21.20 Crs. in financial year 2023-24, was recovered through detection of 2.94 Lakh ticketless/irregular passengers, including unbooked luggage cases. Also, in the month of November, WR realized fines amounting to Rs. 5.68 Crore through detection of over 94 thousand cases over Mumbai Suburban section. To prevent unauthorized entry in AC local trains, frequent surprise Ticket Checking drives are carried out. As a result of these drives more than 44000 unauthorized passengers have been penalized during the period April to November 2023 and Rs. 146.43 Lakhs collected in fines, which is about 68% higher than the same period of last year.
Western Railway appeals to the general public to travel with proper and valid tickets.