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4 stations turn ‘fortresses’, 1K travellers fined

CHENNAI: In an try to instill worry within the minds of ticketless travellers, officials of Southern Railways’ Chennai divison previously two days turned four suburban stations into ‘fortresses’ to test every commuter.

Modelled at the visual policing thought implemented by means of the city police, the economic department introduced the ‘fort check’. “Suburban stations are porous. So all go out points have been blocked by means of a workforce of Travelling Ticket Examiners (TTEs) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) workforce sooner than we started the assessments,” stated a senior railway professional.

Around 8am on Tuesday, a divisional business manager and 23 TTEs accumulated at Park Station a very powerful transit point for commuters travelling between the western and southern suburbs of the city. Every offender was once penalised Rs 250 plus the adaptation in fare. A complete of 228 commuters stuck without tickets have been fined Rs 61,000 till noon.

The workforce individuals then boarded different suburban trains and checked for the ones travelling without tickets on them. They got down at intermediate stations to test the ones getting off there and from 5pm to 7pm held a equivalent ‘checking drive’ at the busy Guindy Railway Station the place 229 offenders have been fined Rs 61,000.

On Wednesday morning, the exercise was once repeated at Chennai Beach station the place 252 ticketless travellers have been fined Rs 74,000; whilst at Tambaram, the night, 210 commuters have been compelled to cough up Rs 56,000 in consequences. Every day, an ordinary TTE penalises a mean of 5-10 ticketless commuters at a suburban station.

Southern Railway officials stated the target of such assessments was once now not simply to collect superb from passengers, but to instil the discipline of buying tickets amongst them. “Many commuters avoid buying tickets now not because they want to damage the regulation, but because they are lethargic and don’t want to stand in a queue at the counter,” an professional stated.

Such commuters can obtain on their good telephones the utsonmobile app in which an m-ticket will also be bought inside a minute, the professional stated. This too can assist reduce the lenght of queues at quite a lot of stations, he added. The next goal of the economic department could be to test first-class coaches of suburban trains. There had been many lawsuits of non-bonafide commuters travelling by means of such coaches to avoid the impossibly crowded second class coaches. “Many trip by means of first-class coaches after buying an ordinary second class price tag,” the professional stated.

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