Officials of South Central Railway have geared up during festival season to tackle all aspects including punctual running of train services and also in curbing of ticketless travelers. During Sankranthi holiday season, the rush of passengers has substantially increased at the railway stations in major cities, particularly at the Railway terminals in twin cities, with people travelling to their native places in both the Telugu speaking states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Arrangements made by SCR during festival season from 5th to 25th January, 2019
ØA record highest number of 203 special trains have been operated in various directions, prominently between the twin cities of Hyderabad/Secunderabad towards Vijayawada, Rajahmundry, Kakinada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Tirupati etc. in both directions, to run until 25th January, 2019.
ØOut of the total special trains, 60 special fully unreserved second class Jansadharan trains have been run exclusively meant for passengers intending to travel at the last moment, at the least cost, substantially less than bus or any other mode of transport.
ØAdditional booking counters are being operated at all important stations, provision of Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs), Currency Operated Ticket Vending Machines (CoTVMs), Jansadharan Ticket Booking Sevaks (JTBS) is done during this period to meet the requirements of public for buying general tickets. online facility i.e., purchasing tickets through “UTS on Mobile” App was also available to passengers as an added advantage.
ØFrequent counseling and guidance was given to general public by Officials of Commercial Department to avoid ticketless travel.
ØRegular publication & broadcasting was made through Print & Electronic media to create awareness amongst general public about various methods available to purchase tickets and awful consequences of ticketless travel.
ØIn addition, frequent announcements were made through Public Announcement systems in railway stations about the various penalties and fines imposed for ticketless travel.
Increase in Revenue from Passenger Segment
ØIncrease in booking window earnings was seen during these days all the way through increase in sale of tickets.
ØFor instance, Revenue from unreserved segment in the stations of twin cities for 3 days (i.e., 11th, 12th & 13th January) is Rs 3.99 crores as against Rs 3.08 crores i.e., 29% more than previous year. 4.49 lakhs of unreserved passengers as against 3.79 lakhs passengers i.e., 18% more than previous year were transported from twin cities.
Fall in ticketless travelers
ØTicketless travelling has come down notably during this season.
ØIn total, there is downfall of over 40 % in Travelling without Ticket cases.
ØRevenue earned through Ticketless travel has come down by 38 %.
ØPassengers found without ticket on an average per day has come down by 32 % and Revenue earned through ticketless travel has come down by 37 %.
ØFor instance, on Secunderabad Division alone during one week period in the peak festival season of 2019, the ticket checking earnings registered was Rs 20.38 lakhs as against Rs 32.57 lakhs during the last year (2018). The ticketless travelers during the same period (2019) were around 3,300 as against 4, 800 last year (2018).
ØA special monitoring cell has been made operational in Headquarters control office to monitor the punctuality and running status of special trains.
ØAll the above measures has yielded fruitful result with almost all the special trains reported right time with registering average punctuality above 80 %. Jansadharan specials which were run in huge number this year to cater to the general public registered average punctuality of 90%.
ØThrough intensification of ticket checking, it is observed that Passengers are able to realize the consequences of ticketless travel and awareness is improved in general public in travelling manner. Punctual Running of special trains was also helpful in receiving huge applauds from general public.