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 organized several ticket checking drives during the period from April to October 2022, thereby recovering an amount to the tune of Rs. 114.18 crore.
According to a press release issued by Sumit Thakur, Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, during the month of October 2022, an amount of Rs. 17 crore was recovered through detection of 2.38 lakh ticketless/irregular passengers, including unbooked luggage cases. It is pertinent to mention that during the Financial Year 2022 – 23, total 16.78 lakh ticketless/ irregular passengers & unbooked luggage cases were detected, as against 6.79 lakh cases detected during the corresponding period last year, which is an increase of over 147.23%. Fine of Rs. 114.18 crore was recovered from these passengers which is an increase of 212.22% over corresponding period of last year, which was Rs. 36.57 crore. To prevent unauthorized entry in AC local trains, frequent surprise ticket checking drives are carried out. As a result of these drives more than 22300 unauthorized passengers have been penalized since April 2022.
Western Railway appeals to the general public to travel with proper and valid tickets.