Central Railways encashes on ticketless passengers; earns ₹22.87 crore in October

In October 2019, the Central Railway zone has managed to earn a hefty sum of ₹22.87 crore. The earning has come against ₹13.42 crore in the month of October 2018, which is an increase of close to 70 per cent

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'Travelling without a ticket is not only an offence but also social evil. Please help Railways root it out.' A Mumbai local train plays the message every day to generate awareness amongst passengers. Yet, every day, the rail corporation files offences against thousands of passengers on a daily basis. 

For instance, in the month of October 2019, the Central Railway zone has managed to earn a hefty sum of ₹22.87 crore. The earning has come against ₹13.42 crore in the month of October 2018, which is an increase of close to 70 per cent. The zone and its senior officials are closely monitoring the revenue changes due to the ticketless travel and other such irregularities on the network.

According to the press release by Central Railways, they registered as many as 4.25 lakh cases of ticketless and irregular travel along with the cases of unbooked luggage during the month of October 2019. Previously, Railways had recorded close to 2.80 lakh cases in the month of October 2018, indicating an increase of 51.84 per cent.

Between April 2019 and October 2019, a total of 24.04 lakh cases of ticketless and irregular travel, including unbooked luggage cases came to light, as against 20.81 lakh cases in the same duration last year. Accordingly, there has been a visible increase of 15.54 per cent in the cases being reported.

Alongside, from April to October 2019, Railways earned a total of ₹126.67 crore from such ticketless and irregular travel as compared to ₹103.77 crore earnings last year during the similar tenure. This has resulted in an increase of 22.07 per cent.

These earnings by the zone have been generated from over 2,40,754 cases in the year 2019 as compared to 1,99,812 cases in the year 2018, showing an increase of 20.49 per cent.

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