HYDERABAD: To curb ticketless and irregular travel, and deter commuters from travelling unauthorised on various trains, personnel of the Secunderabad division of South Central Railway conducted a massive fortress check at some major railway stations on its network in the last two days.
During the check, 1,557 persons were found travelling without ticket, 1,646 travelling irregularly and 317 carrying un-booked luggage. An amount of Rs 17,68,415 was realised from them towards penalty and fare. Besides, six persons were penalised for littering at Secunderabad station and a fine of Rs 1,200 was collected from them.
All the exit points at these stations were plugged to prevent ticketless travellers from escaping and 136 express trains, 53 passenger trains and 70 MMTS trains were thoroughly checked during the operation. The main objective of the check was to curtail any inconvenience to reserved passengers during the Sankranti, Sabarimala yatra seasons as well as to curb ticketless and irregular travel by reserved and unreserved coaches of express, passenger and MMTS trains.
Around 150 ticket-checking staff along with Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel of Secunderabad division were involved in the checks conducted at Secunderabad, Hyderabad Kazipet, Warangal, Khammam and Manchiryal railway stations.
The check was conducted under the direct supervision of senior divisional commercial manager Ravi P Padi.