Railways apprehended 115.82 lakh persons for travelling without tickets in 2011-12, the number rose to 137.68 lakh in 2012-13, Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda said in a written reply.

In 2013-14, the without ticket travel cases increased further to 148.70 lakh, he said.

The state-run transporter detected 49.01 lakh persons travelling without tickets up to June 2014.

The amount of railways dues realized from ticketless travelers also increased since 2011-12.

Railways realized Rs 477.81 crores as its dues from ticketless travelers in 2011-12, Rs 572.61 crore in 2012-13 and Rs 637.40 crore in 2013-14.

National transporter has collected Rs 227.67 crore as penalty from ticketless travelers so far in 2014.

Gowda said various steps have been taken to prevent ticketless travel including conducting regular and surprise checks.

Railways have also launched campaigns through posters, notices and announcements at stations and advertisements in media asking public to avoid ticketless travel.

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