As per Western Railway statistics, 72 cases of
They were caught during checking inside trains and at railway stations, the railway officials said. According to the railway staff, a large number of such ticketless travelles were intercepted while travelling as early as 5 am to avoid being caught at many stations, including Vasai,
“We urge people to travel after buying authorised tickets. We have been carrying out intensive checks at various railway stations,” said Sumit Thakur, chief PRO, Western Railway.
The situation on the
“There is a need for state government to strengthen the
Sources said that with more categories of people being added to the list of essential services, many commuters not only travel without a ticket but also produce fake QR codes or ID proofs.
On Friday, the railway staff carried out an intensive checking at various stations.
According to railway officials, they came across many people were not aware that buying tickets was essential for travel even during lockdown. They thought ID proof was enough, the officials said.
Some people were found travelling using QR codes of other passengers. In fact, senior railway officials said that they are investigating cases wherein people pay Rs 2,000-2,500 for getting a QR Code card though they are ideally not supposed to travel in local trains.
“People simply don’t buy tickets ,and we had to levy a fine. There are some who wear ID cards of government agencies but looking at it doesn’t seem genuine. There are several cases of ticketless travelling that are coming up which is increasing day by day,” said an official from Western Railway. Officially, there are 3.25 lakh people who have been allowed by the state government to travel using a QR code.