Railways to take new steps to rein in touts


Big and small railway ticket reservation centres and booking counters in railway stations in Delhi will now be equipped with CCTVs and jammers to prevent touting. A circular in this regard was issued by the railway board four days ago. It asked major stations to battle the menace of touting by monitoring the activities of booking clerks. Officials are now poised to return to their offices after a long spell of holidays and begin work of issuing tenders to install the cameras.

The circular from the railway ministry has asked stations to install the cameras that will send live feed at the time of booking reservations, reports Economic Times. Commercial inspectors of railways and divisional railway managers will be made responsible for monitoring footage of CCTVs during peak hours and on daily basis. “Touting has become a huge issue. Very recently, we heard rumours that even Tatkal tickets were being blocked by touts and sold on a premium, so this move was made,” said a senior official.


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