Pune – Railways ‘ambush’ ticketless passengers

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Sumit Singh

Pune, May 15, 2019 : Officials from the Pune division of Central Railway conducted ambush (surprise) ticket check by stopping six trains at Uruli railway station on Tuesday.

The surprise check was conducted between 8 am to 3 pm in train numbers 11042 (Chennai to Mumbai Exp) , 12158 (Solapur to Pune Hutatma Exp), 51402 (Manmad-Pune passenger), 11301 (Mumbai to Bangalore Udyan Exp),11406 (Amravati-Pune Exp), 11078 (Jhelum Exp).

During ticket checking, a total of 290 illegal travel tickets / non-ticket cases were registered and a penalty of Rs 77,990 was recovered.

The drive was conducted under the guidance of Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Milind Deouskar, senior division commerce manager Sunil Mishra, by a team comprising 25 ticket inspectors and 11 rail protection force (RPF) personnel. Assistant Commercial Manager SVN Subhash was also present during the checking.

This type of ticket checking is being conducted on regular basis by the Railway administration. Travelers are requested that they should travel only after purchasing valid tickets during the trip. Otherwise action is taken under the Railway Act.

The incidence of ticketless travel varies from section to section and train to train. Zonal Railways identify sections and trains prone to ticketless travel periodically. As the vulnerable areas where ticketless travel is sizeable vary from time to time, the identification of such areas by Zonal Railways is a continuous process.

Regular and surprise drives are conducted frequently to check ticketless and irregular travel on vulnerable sections. The steps taken by Railways for keeping a vigil on such areas are as follows:

1. Special checks are conducted in association with Police and Railway Magistrates.

2. Ambush checks, fortress checks, cross country checks, etc. are conducted from time to time.