‘BATMAN’ Squad Boosts Nighttime Ticket Sales On Western Railway Suburban Section

‘BATMAN’ Squad Boosts Nighttime Ticket Sales On Western Railway Suburban Section

According to an official, ticket sales on the Western Railway suburban section have seen a significant surge during night hours, with a remarkable 45.95 percent increase at Dadar and an impressive 62.16 percent spike at Virar.

Kamal MishraUpdated: Monday, April 01, 2024, 12:53 AM IST
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Mumbai: In response to the introduction of the 'BATMAN' (Be Aware TTE Manning At Night) squad, tasked with ticket checking during nighttime hours, Western Railway's Mumbai Division has seen a significant surge in ticket sales, particularly during the night. According to an official, ticket sales on the Western Railway suburban section have seen a significant surge during night hours, with a remarkable 45 percent increase at Dadar and an impressive 62 percent spike at Virar.

"The 'BATMAN' squad comprises vigilant personnel equipped with the mandate to enforce ticketing regulations rigorously during the nocturnal period. Their presence serves as a deterrent against ticketless travel and promotes a culture of compliance among commuters traversing the Western Railway suburban network during late hours" said an official addting that this significant rise underscores the effectiveness of the 'BATMAN' initiative in promoting adherence to ticketing regulations, thereby contributing to a more accountable and revenue-generating railway ecosystem.

"The 'BATMAN' squad, implemented by the Mumbai Central division since March 11th, has garnered praise from regular commuters for its effectiveness in ensuring ticket validity and maintaining security during nighttime travel. Equipped and trained to operate especially during night hours , the squad diligently inspects trains and patrols suburban stations, remaining vigilant for any signs of trouble or suspicious activity" said an official of WR

"These dedicated ticket checking staff members, often working in challenging environments, play a vital role in upholding order and safety within the bustling railway network. By deterring unauthorized entry and educating passengers on responsible travel practices, they contribute to the overall efficiency and security of the system" he said.

Despite facing obstacles such as crowded platforms and unauthorized commuters, the members of the 'BATMAN' squad remain steadfast in their duty to ensure smooth operations and passenger safety. Their commitment serves as a beacon of order and integrity amidst the chaos of Mumbai's bustling railway system.

Mera Ticket Mera Imaan

The BATMAN Squad is a part of a comprehensive campaign of Mumbai Central Division Western Railways named "Mera Ticket Mera Imaan".

It is a behavioral change initiative to encourage people to buy tickets and travel with pride. Under this campaign 4.26 lakh ticketless traveller were caught and ticket checking revenue of Rs. 24.83 Crore was generated.

Apart from this a social media competition on theme of Mera Ticket Mera Imaan was held which received 50238 likes and more than 5 lakh views.

Our campaign “Mera Ticket Mera Imaan” was able to change public perception related to ticket checking in day time. However there was still a conception that Ticket checking in suburban trains after 8 pm is unthinkable.

To address this issue a night ticket checking squad was formulated and fortress check were held from 10 pm to 6 am at many stations such as Virar, Dadar, Andheri, Bhayander etc.

Interestingly suburban commuters and social media users have named this squad at BATMAN squad, with some passenger even making its full form as “Be Aware TTE Manning At Night”.

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