The number of ticketless travellers on the Indian Railways has increased by 60 per cent in the past five years with over 75,000 passengers — on an average — travelling across the country without proper tickets every day.
Efforts to curb ticketless travel have resulted in the Indian Railways increasing its revenue by a whopping Rs 5,944.71 crore from April 2014 to March 2019, official records accessed by Express have revealed. The data also showed that ticketless travel increased over 60 per cent between 2014 and 2019. The total number of passengers who were caught travelling without tickets in 2014-15 was 1.87 crore, but this increased to 2.76 crore last year.
Interestingly, revenue earned through penalising ticketless travellers witnessed a surge of 100 per cent within two years even though the number of defaulters increased only by 20 per cent. Read More