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 highly motivated ticket checking team under the supervision of senior commercial officers of Western Railway had organized several ticket checking drives during the period from April to July 2022, thereby recovering an amount to the tune of Rs. 77.01 crore.
According to a press release issued by Sumit Thakur - Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, during the month of July 2022, an amount of Rs. 11.35 crore was recovered through detection of 1.75 lakh ticketless/irregular passengers including unbooked luggage cases. It is pertinent to mention that during the first four months of the Financial Year 2022 - 23, total 11.19 lakh ticketless/ irregular passengers & unbooked luggage cases were detected, as against 2.34 lakh cases detected during the corresponding period last, which is an incredible increase of more than 378%. Fine of Rs. 77.01 crore was recovered from these passengers which is an increase of 542% over corresponding period of last year, which was Rs. 12 crore. To prevent unauthorized entry in AC local trains, frequent surprise ticket checking drives were carried out. As a result of these drives, almost 9400 unauthorized passengers were penalized during the first four months.
Western Railway appeals to the general public to travel with proper and valid tickets.