The Central Railway authorities on Friday nabbed 843 people for ticketless travel at two stations – 427 at CSMT and 416 at Kalyan station – in the suburban section in just eight hours.
More than 80 railway staffers, including ticket checkers and Railway Protection Force personnel participated in this operation on Friday at both the stations.
During this special ticket-checking drive, called ‘Fortress Check’ in railway parlance, 36 ticket checking staff and seven RPF constables were deployed at CSMT and a cash fine of Rs 1.15 lakh collected from the offenders. Similarly, 32 ticket checking staff and 11 RPF staff were deployed at Kalyan and Rs 1.57 lakh collected in fines. A Fortress Check is one in which a particular station is chosen and over a stipulated period ticket-checkers and security staff are deployed to check every passenger using the station.
Apart from essential workers, only fully vaccinated citizens are allowed to travel on suburban trains on monthly season tickets.
Sources said CR’s top boss directed the officials concerned to organise more fortress checks, just like the one held on Friday, at other stations as well. These, too, will be led by senior officials.
“This is just the beginning. Our aim is to cover all major stations to curb ticketless travel,” a Central Railway official said.
Confirming the development, CR’s senior official said , “We appeal to passengers to travel with proper and valid tickets in order to avoid the inconvenience.”