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1 Crore earned by Ticket Checking Drive

'The railways' ticket checking drive in Sonepur division yielded more than Rs 1 crore during the 2011-12 fiscal year.

Lauding the role of railways officials working in Sonepur division, divisional railway manager (DRM), Sonepur, R L Gupta said passenger amenities improved a lot and the division registered record earnings in every segment during the last fiscal year.

Inaugurating the 57th Railway Week function at Sonepur on Friday, the DRM maintained that railways carried out a massive track maintenance work for fast traffic movement. "We lifted speed restriction from several routes for fast movement of trains. Escorting of trains has been beefed up to provide trouble-free journey to passengers," he said.

The DRM said the railways had launched a drive in the division to nab passengers travelling without proper tickets. It yielded more than Rs 1 crore to the railways. He praised senior divisional commercial manager of Sonepur division, Sikha Srivastava, who has been selected by the Railway Board for the railway minister's award for her dedicated service.

Punctuality has also improved under the division due to constant watch on the miscreants' activities, he said, adding that gates on 30 unmanned crossings in the division had been installed to check mishaps.

Gupta said efforts were on to improve freight loading performance. The division registered about 16% increase in maize loading in 2011-2012. Besides, earning from loading of commodities like litchi has also substantially increased. The division witnessed a new era when the first electric train moved on January 14 this year. In two years from now, the division would have 100% electric traction, the DRM said.

Altogether 239 employees were given individual awards on the occasion for their outstanding performance. Eight group awards were also given to railway officials and employees.

One hundred and forty one persons were appointed on compassionate ground while 642 employees were given their settlement dues during 2011-2012, either on their retirement or in death cases, Gupta said.