The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) on Monday said that the amount of fines collected from ticketless travellers and un-booked luggage related cases has reached a whopping sum of Rs 57 crores in the financial year 2018-19.
This highest ever figure in the amount of fines collected by NFR has surpassed the total amount collected in the previous financial year.
According to reports, the amount of fines collected by NFR in the financial year 2017-18 was Rs 46.17 crore.
As per section 137 of the Indian Railway Act of 1989, travelling without ticket, improper ticket or un-booked luggage is an offence punishable by imprisonment or fine or both.
NFR has been conducting surprise ticket checking drive in Mail/Express and Passenger trains.
Surprise ticket checking drives are conducted by Flying Ticket Checking Squads of divisions and HQ to catch persons travelling without tickets.
In order to conduct fortress checking in stations, officers are nominated at HQ and divisional levels from a different department who are accompanied by security personnel from Railway Protection Force and Government Railway Police.
The total number of passenger who booked tickets during the financial year 2018-19 recorded an increase of about 7.88% in comparison to last year.
The figure of originating passenger earnings also showed an increase of 8.50% over last year.