Divisional railway manager, Dhanbad, BB Singh (in white shirt) and other officials inspect Dhanbad station on Thursday. Picture by Gautam Dey
As many as 109 ticketless passengers were caught in Dhanbad on Thursday at a time when the railway division is targeting a fat revenue target before the end of the fiscal.
Dhanbad divisional railway manager (DRM) B.B. Singh and his team carried out the special ticket checking drive at the station. With him were senior divisional commercial manager Dayanand, Railway Protection Force officer-in-charge D.K. Singh and others.
The raid yielded Rs 24,000 in revenue in which passengers of trains such as Jammu Tawi Sealdah Express, Asansol Varanasi Express, Dhanbad-Chandrapura and Hatia Barddhaman passenger trains and Gomoh-Asansol MEMU were checked for tickets.
The DRM said the division was likely to achieve revenues of around Rs 230 crore at the end of 2013-14 through various sources, the bulk of which is freight.
Ticketkless passengers apart, the team also cracked the whip against unauthorised vendors. Seven vendors roaming on platforms without valid documents and passes were nabbed.
The team also expressed dissatisfaction over the heaps of garbage on the station complex and asked railway officials to clean up their act, particularly on platform No. 1.
DRM Singh and team reached Dhanbad station around 10.30am and spent an hour inspecting half-a-dozen trains and different parts of platforms as well as the newly developed southern side of the station complex.
The new southern complex, developed at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore, was inaugurated on February 23.
General manager Madhuresh Kumar had instructed Dhanbad railway authorities to develop a large parking lot at newly developed southern complex.
Work on an approach road to the southern complex and a foot overbridge extension needs to be complete by this fiscal.
The foot overbridge will link passengers between the main and south sides of the station.