The Northeast Frontier Railway has collected record number of fines which amounted Rs 57 crore in the 2018-19 financial year, said a press release on Monday.
An amount of Rs 57 crores was collected from ticketless travellers and un-booked luggage related cases as fare and penalty surpassed the previous best of Rs 46.17 crores.
“This is the highest ever penalty realization by the NF Railway since formation of this zone in 1959,” said the release.
As per Section 137 of the Indian Railway Act, 1989, travelling without ticket, improper ticket or un-booked luggage in an offence punishable by imprisonment or fine or both.
The NF Railway officials have been conducting surprise ticket checking drive in mail, express and passenger trains. To discourage ticketless travelling, the NF Railway has put systems in place whereby surprise ticket checking drive is conducted by Flying Ticket Checking Squads of divisions as well as HQ.
Fortress checks are also conducted in stations. For this officers are nominated at HQ and divisional levels from different department who are accompanied by security personal from Railway Protection Force and Government Railway Police.
During this period, total number of passenger who booked tickets also recorded an increase of about 7.88 per cent in comparison to last year. The figure of originating passenger earnings also showed an increase of 8.50 per cent over last year.
Earnings of DHR (Darjeeling Himalayan Railway) section also increased to Rs 11.93 crores surpassing the previous best of Rs 7.64 crores.
“These milestones have been achieved due to the synergy built on the NF Railways,” said the release.