With the railway department resuming the ticket checking in the train, on the platform and at the entrance, the sale of unreserved tickets at Ernakulam Junction has gone up drastically in the month of August, recording an increase of nearly 40,000. It sold as many as 3,86,791 tickets in August as compared to 3,46,983 tickets that were sold in July. The sale of unreserved tickets in the month of June was 3,40,766.
The railway authorities have attributed this increase in ticket sales to the checking drive. According to them, the average monthly increase in ticket sales was 3000-6000.
“The practice of checking the tickets was stopped several months ago owing to various reasons,” said P L Ashok Kumar, area manager, Southern Railways.
The railways had conducted surprise ticket checking drive in July and August. Nearly 400 cases of violation, including irregular ticket, ticket less travel, expired season tickets and others were detected in July. Over 300 cases were found in the month of August.
Thiruvananthapuram divisional railway manager, Rajesh Agrawal, had earlier said that there was no noticeable growth in ticket sales from the station for the past several months.