Misuse of return tickets by suburban commuters costs railways dear

The rampant misuse of return tickets by suburban commuters has rattled the railway authorities. On the Mumbai suburban section of both Central and Western railway the return journey tickets are valid for the next day or two days if the next day is a holiday or a Sunday. Although as per the rules, the return journey is to be made only once, commuters often use it twice. For instance if a commuter takes a return journey ticket, he/she uses the same on day one and the next day as well. For the second day, commuters only buy a single journey ticket and uses the previous day’s return journey ticket on the way back. This practice is causing major losses to the railways.

Ticket checkers on duty say they always see many people returning the same day. Again the next day, when they checked , they found the same return journey ticket, checked one day before.

A ticket checker on duty in at a station said, “Many times, I checked commuters and see return ticket and the next day, I saw the person at the same station from where he started travelling, purchasing a single journey ticket.”

In suburban section of Mumbai, daily 4,86,087 commuters buy 2, 39,860 return tickets on Western Railway and while on Central Railway 4,61, 235 commuters purchase 2,33,318 return tickets daily.

In Mumbai suburban section of Western railway, 36.21 lakh commuters travel daily. Out of these 24.76 lakh are season tickets holders. While 10.47 card tickets are sold daily. Per day, total earning is 1.67 crore.

While in suburban section of central railway, 38,02,106 commuters purchase 8, 36,118 tickets. Out of this, 11,49,170 commuters buy 7,91,703 card tickets. As many as 26,52,936 season pass holders purchase 44,415 tickets. Total earning is Rs 1,76,15,742/ per day.

In suburban section of Mumbai, daily 4,86,087 commuters buy 2, 39,860 return tickets on Western Railway and while on Central Railway 4,61, 235 commuters purchase 2,33,318 return tickets daily.

In Mumbai suburban section of Western railway, 36.21 lakh commuters travel daily. Out of these 24.76 lakh are season tickets holders. While 10.47 card tickets are sold daily. Per day, total earning is 1.67 crore.

While in suburban section of central railway, 38,02,106 commuters purchase 8, 36,118 tickets. Out of this, 11,49,170 commuters buy 7,91,703 card tickets. As many as 26,52,936 season pass holders purchase 44,415 tickets. Total earning is Rs 1,76,15,742 per day.

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