SWR nets Rs 50,000 fine in a day

SWR nets Rs 50,000 fine in a day

 The South Western Railway (SWR) created a record of sorts on Wednesday when surprise checks by its officials made it richer by Rs 50,000.

The sum was collected as fine from 212 ticketless passengers caught at the Bangalore City railway station alone.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Bangalore Division, SWR, Anup Dayanand Sadhu, said that such surprise checks would become the norm of the day. 

“Around 1 to 1.5 lakh passengers use the City railway station and 60- 70 trains are operated everyday. It’s very important to conduct such checks at all the major stations,” he said.

Citing, statistics, Sadhu said that since April this year, the SWR collected Rs 3.61 crore as fine in about 83,000 cases of ticketless travel as well as unbooked luggage. He added that ticketless travel and unbooked luggage were rampant in the Bangarpet and Mysore sections. According to an estimate, an SWR division loses out on 1-2 pc of its total earnings due to ticketless travel every year.

He said that in the coming days, fortress checks will be conducted at various railway stations in the City which will involve 30-35 Ticket Examiners accompanied by around 40 Railway Protection Force (RPF) officials.

In fact, passengers will soon be able to buy a platform ticket directly from the parking contractors when they park their vehicle at the City or Yeshwantpur railway station. Officials said that instructions have already been issued to make arrangements for the sale of platform tickets through parking contractors and at public call booths located in the station premises.

“We are working out the details and this will be introduced soon. Standalone platform ticket vending machines are also an answer to long waits to buy platform tickets. We are expecting a directive regarding the same from the board and are looking at various machines,” Sadhu said.

Luggage screening

After much delay, the City and Yeshwantpur railway stations will finally have the luggage scanning facility. 

The authorities are also planning to set up underground scanners to screen vehicles entering the station for suspicious items and substances. This will be part of an Integrated Security System (ISS) plan being instituted by the SWR, wherein Bangalore City station will get three luggage scanners initially. 

“The provision for this has already been made in the budget. We will deploy the ISS in the following few months,” Sadhu added.

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