In a move proposed by the Mumbai’s Western Railway to the Railways Board, the ticketless travelling may cost hefty fine to the errant railway commuters in Mumbai. As per the proposal, the penalty for ticketless travelling will cost INR 1000 from what is currently being INR 250. The existing penalty of INR 250 is applicable for ticketless travelling in the First and Second class railways. If the proposed hike in the penalty is accepted and approved, it will be a 4-fold increase in the penalty charges for the ticketless commuters. The motive of the plan, reportedly, is to reduce the ticketless travelling in railways as the railway incur huge avoidable losses every year due to increased number of errant commuters.
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Notably, the penalty for ticketless travelling in railways was INR 50 till 2002. The railways board had then decided to increase the fine to INR 250 which was again a 5-fold rise in the penalty for the ticketless travelling in first or second class coaches of the railways. It is of importance to clarify here that if the proposal is approved and accepted by the Railways Board, the fine will be applicable, not only on Western Railways but also on Central Railways. It is reported by TOI that the proposal to increase the penalty amount was made after Ashwani Lohani, Chairman for Railway Board, recently visited Mumbai.
As per a report by The Hindu recently, there is considerable increase in the ticketless commuters in Mumbai railways. It is estimated that around 3,000 defaulters are identified everyday on Central Railways, while 1,300 ticketless commuters on Western Railways. The railways officials cite losses to the railways due to increase in the errant railways commuters as the reason to trigger the proposal to increase the penalty to such a hefty amount. When contacted some of the railways commuters, they cite long queues for ticket as one of the reasons to travel ticketless. In our suggestion, commuters must switch to online apps to book their tickets to avoid standing in the long queues or paying a hefty penalty.
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