VELLORE : Now on, you are ensured a good sleep during train journeys as no Travel Ticket Examiner (TTE) will wake you up in the night, asking for your tickets.

The railway board, the competent authority of Indian Railways has issued revised guidelines to Southern Railway, directing the Travel Ticket Examiners (TTE) to conduct the verification of tickets between 6 am and 10pm. “TTEs should complete the verification of tickets of passengers aboard reserved coaches before 10 pm,” said railway sources.
The order further stated, the TTEs should not disturb bonafide passengers whose tickets they had already verified without any valid reason.

The decision comes after a series of complaints against a few railway staff and TTEs that they had approached women passengers during wee hours in the pretext of verifying the tickets.

While revising its 2010 directive, which authorised TTEs to verify the tickets after 10 pm, the sources at the railway department said, the tickets could be verified in a few exceptional circumstances such as trains departing a station after 10 pm, vigilance verification or removing unauthorised passengers from the coach.

However, TTEs expressed apprehensions over the order and claimed, it was practically impossible in trains  being operated by Southern Railway. A senior TTE from Chennai Division said, “Until a few years ago, every coach in a train had a TTE, but these days every TTE is given the responsibility to check the tickets of at least three to four coaches.

“Nearly 90 per cent of the trains catering to Tamil Nadu and Kerala originates from Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore stations around 9.30 pm. It’s practically impossible to enforce the new rules, unless the number of TTEs is increased across the zone,” added a senior railway employee.