East Coast Railway has speeded up the massive ticket checking drive and awareness programme at different parts of its jurisdiction to discourage ticketless travellers and unauthorised visitors at the Station premises.
During the first month of the current financial year, i.e. in April’2018, East Coast Railway has detected about 52.65 thousand passengers who have travelled without or with improper tickets which is 19.23% more than the corresponding period of last financial year and realised an amount of Rupees 2.33 Crores which is 23.10% more than April’2017.
In the last financial year, i.e. from April-2017 to March’2018, ECoR has detected 5.90 lakhs passengers travelling without and with improper tickets and realised fine of Rupees 25.78 Crores which is 15.6% more in number of cases and 16.5% more in realising fine than 2016-17 financial year. In 2016-17 financial year, this Railway has registered 5.10 lakh cases travelling without or with improper tickets and had realised a fine of Rupees 22.013 Crores.
During the Awareness and Ticket Checking Drives, the passengers have been counselled and educated to buy bonafide tickets from the ticket counters to make their journey hassle free. Daily commuters have also been advised to buy Monthly Season Tickets (MST) to avoid standing in the queue at Booking Counters. The MST is also much cheaper (about one third) than the regular journey fare of a month.
Passengers were also encouraged to buy ATVM (Automatic Ticket Vending Machine) Smart Card which is one of the most convenient ways to buy tickets now-a-days. Passengers have also been advised to carry minimum luggage during their train journey, so that, their journey will be more comfortable.
Ticket checking staff including Commercial Supervisors, Chief Ticket Inspectors (CTI), Train Ticket Examiners (TTE) with the help of Railway Protection Force (RPF) are being involved in the drive and awareness programme headed by Commercial Officers both from ECoR headquarters and the three Divisional headquarters at Khurda Road, Sambalpur and Waltair (Visakhapatnam).