Staff crunch, more trains lead to ticketless travel

With a limited number of travelling ticket examiners (TTEs) and ticket checkers (TCs) in the Pune railway division, the Central Railway ( Pune division) administration is facing an uphill task to cover every train and each station to restrict cases of illegal commuting and passengers travelling without tickets.

Officials said a proposal has already been sent to the head office to fill up the vacant seats and recruit more people for both posts. “The current strength of the ticket checking staff is not sufficient as there has been a significant rise in the number of train operations as well as the number of passengers commuting everyday. The division requires 660 people for the job, however, only 285 posts have been sanctioned, so far. As many as 75 posts of the sanctioned posts are lying vacant,” said a railway official.

More than one lakh passengers commute in over 150 trains in the division every day. Though ticket checkers work for extended hours and take up double duties, it is difficult to cover all railway stations and trains with the current strength, the official said.

According to the official, as many as 210 ticket checkers are registered on-duty with the division, but the strength is lesser as some of them remain absent. Among the existing staff, some are from the sports background, hence, their duties are adjusted as per the schedules of their matches and practice sessions. One ticket checker looks after four to five coaches in one trip, which is a challenging task, he said.

Read the full report here, Times of India


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