Pune, 5th February 2024: The Pune Division of Central Railway has heightened its efforts against fare evasion. In the month of January, action was taken against 27,801 individuals who were found traveling without tickets, and those carrying luggage without proper registration. During this initiative, the railways collected an average daily fine of Rs 6 lakh.
In January alone, the Pune Division collected fines totaling Rs 1 crore 72 lakh from 27,801 passengers for various violations, including traveling without tickets, irregular travel, and carrying luggage without registration. During ticket checks conducted last month, 19,859 passengers were found without tickets, leading to a fine collection of Rs 1 crore 26 lakh. Additionally, 7,766 passengers were penalized for irregular travel, with a fine amounting to Rs 45.75 lakh. Another 176 passengers faced fines totaling Rs 21,060 for carrying luggage without proper registration.
This action was carried out under the guidance of Divisional Railway Manager Indu Dubey and Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Dr. Milind Hirve. Ticket inspectors and railway protection force (RPF) collaborated in executing the operation. The ticket checking campaign continues to be an ongoing effort by the railway administration.
The Railways has emphasized the importance of passengers traveling with valid tickets, cautioning that failure to do so may result in fines under the Railway Act, and non-payment could lead to potential legal consequences, including imprisonment.