New Delhi, Jun 29: Indian Railways is planning to launch a crackdown against passengers who travel without tickets. The Western Railway (WR) recently proposed a four-time increase in fines levied on ticketless passengers, before Ashwani Lohani, chairman of Railway Board.

In April, Western Railways registered around 3.94 lakh cases where passengers were travelling without tickets. In order to discourage people from travelling without tickets, the Railways have decided to hike the penalty charged for travelling without tickets. Soon, ticket travellers might have to pay a high penalty. The report said that passengers travelling without tickets in local trains will have to pay a fine of Rs 1000, as opposed to Rs 250 fine.

It should be noted that the Railway officials have requested the railway board to let Ticket Checkers (TCs) and station masters to impose a penalty on people caught not following railways rules such as crossing tracks, trespassing etc. The officials are also planning to provide TCs with hand-held devices in order for them to levy spot fine on defaulters.

Meanwhile, South Central Railways has installed huge machines capable of crushing and recycling plastic bottles at four stations in Kachiguda, Secunderabad, Nizamabad, and Vijayawada. The initiative has been launched in a bid to protect the environment.

Chief Public Relations Officer of South Central Railways, Uma Shankar told news agency ANI, “The aim to install these machines is to protect the environment. If any passenger wants to throw the plastic water bottle they can put into this machine where it will crush the water bottle.” These machines are the size of a refrigerator. They have the capacity to crush around 5000 bottles per day. The crushed bottles come out as fine plastic pieces, ready to be sold as scrap in the market or can be reused to make bags and t-shirts.