Come April, Shatabdi to get 12 women ticket check­ers

HT Ludhiana Live - - In&around - HT Live Cor­re­spon­dent lud­hi­ana@hin­dus­tan­times.com LUD­HI­ANA:

The rail­way au­thor­i­ties are go­ing to form a spe­cial team of 12 women ticket check­ers and two males that would be func­tional from April 6.

A rail­way of­fi­cial said, due to no proper check­ing in Shatabdi Ex­press, North­ern Rail­way au­thor­i­ties have de­cided to act tough to break the un­holy nexus be­tween the em­ploy­ees and touts.

The au­thor­i­ties have also de­cided to im­ple­ment this plan in the wake of per­sis­tent com­plaints of com­muters about ut­ter chaos pre­vail­ing in the Shatabdi Ex­press by male ticket check­ers.

The au­thor­i­ties have taken this de­ci­sion, keep­ing in mind the se­cu­rity of women in Shatabdi Ex­press.

Pas­sen­gers say that those plan­ning to travel to dis­tant places dur­ing sum­mer va­ca­tion are the worst suf­fer­ers be­cause most trains are packed to ca­pac­ity and com­muters pre­fer to get reser­va­tions of Shatabdi for a safe and com­fort­able jour­ney.

But, touts and mid­dle­men with the help of few em­ploy­ees make money from the pas­sen­gers who want tick­ets ur­gently.

Se­nior di­vi­sional rail­way man­ager Ram Prasad says that in the last few months they have got some cases re­lated to women safety in the Shatabdi Ex­press.

He adds, “Af­ter get­ting the afore­said com­plaints, we have passed in­struc­tions to higher au­thor­i­ties: a spe­cial team of 14 TTE and one in­vig­i­la­tor would be de­puted in train from next month.”

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