Mangaluru: Southern Railway’s, Palakkad Division conducted a special ticket checking drive at railway stations and in trains in the Kannur-Mangaluru section and held 654 ticketless travellers. Rs 2,33,280 was collected as penalty from them.
The special ticket checking was done as per the instruction of Pratap Singh Shami, Divisional Railway Manager, Palakkad Division.
Assistant Commercial Manager of Palakkad Division S Sunil Kumar led the ticket checking team which included 15 Ticket checking staff, assisted by Railway Protection Force personnel. During the drive, it was found that unreserved/season ticket holders are increasingly entering into the reserved coaches. Ticket Checking Wing has clarified that travelling in reserved coaches with the unreserved ticket is not permitted and such passengers will be fined according to the ticket checking rule. The minimum fine is Rs 250, in addition to fare calculated as per rules.
During the ticket checking drive, efforts were made to propagate UTS on Mobile app for taking unreserved tickets duly educating the travelling public. This app enables the passengers to take a ticket when they are inside 5 km radius of the station. At the same time, ticket generation is not permitted when the passenger is within the 25 metres of railway track or station because the UTS app will not be functional within this boundary brought under the Geo-fencing to prevent the misuse.