In the absence of TTE and RPF personnel, those with open tickets rule reserved coaches
Passengers travelling by day express trains have to bear the brunt of abuses from co-passengers who travel with unreserved travel ticket and occupy seats in reserved second seating coaches in trains bound south.
It is a free for all on most days in the second seating reserved coaches in day express trains.
Neither the TTE concerned nor the Railway Protection Force personnel are present to maintain order. The last-minute travellers and senior citizens prefer day express trains to night trains.
Speaking to The Hindu , a commercial wing official of Southern Railway, said there were certain shortcomings in managing the manpower in the department. Ticket checking wing was handicapped with staff shortage. However, efforts were on to recruit more TTEs.
“With new service being introduced every year and extra coaches added to existing trains, pressure on TTEs has risen considerably,” says a TTE in Tiruchi division.
A senior railway official in Tiruchi division speaking to The Hindu said generally one TTE was assigned for every two coaches. And priority was given to reserved coaches, including second seating.
Commercial wing handicapped by staff shortage Usually, one TTE is assigned for every two coaches
Commercial wing handicapped by staff shortage
Usually, one TTE is assigned for every two coaches