As many as 6,865 railway passengers were caught travelling without ticket or improper ticket and Rs 37.48 lakh fine were recovered from on the Diwali day, a record in the history of Ambala Railway division.
On October 26, Rs 31.16 lakh fine was recovered and 6226 passengers were challaned for travelling without ticket or improper tickets.
Senior DCM, Ambala railway division, Hari Mohan said, “It is a record-making collection of huge fine in a single day along with the record challaning of without ticket and improper ticket holder passengers in the history of Ambala railway division. During the ongoing festival season, we have launched strict checking drives in all the trains. Checking will continues.”
Thousands of passengers were caught in different trains bound for places such as Lucknow, Dibrugarh, Saharanpur and Bareilly. Improper tickets means short distance tickets in which a passenger attempted to travel long distance with paying fare of short distance.
In November 2018, 5,472 people were challaned two days before the Chhat Puja, a festival celebrated in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
The introduction of special trains from Chandigarh and Kalka Railway station especially in the view of festival season has failed to cope with the heavy rush of passengers.
The special introduced trains included Chandigarh-Gorakhpur (04924) and Nangal Dam-Lucknow (04502). Chandigarh-Gorakhpur starts from Chandigarh Railway Station 11.20 pm. Nangal Dam-Lucknow train starts from Chandigarh 2am. Originally, Nangal Dam-Lucknow starts from 11.45 pm. Gorakhpur-Chandigarh special train runs every Friday from Gorakhpur at 10.10 pm and reach Chandigarh at 2.25 pm. It was started on October 4 and will continue till November 1. Apart from these trains, Chandigarh-Lucknow Express, Chandigarh-Dibrugarh Express run every day.