New Delhi: Already cash strapped, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) is facing losses worth lakhs due to staff crunch. Owing to shortage of ticket checkers at majority of the bus stops, the number of passengers travelling without tickets has increased.

Passengers travelling without ticket have to face a fine of Rs 200 or jail for 15 days. But, the post of the special Metropolitan Magistrate in the DTC is lying vacant since past many years due to which stringent action cannot be initiated against the defaulters.

According to Chief General Manager (Transport) A K Goyal, appropriate action is not taken against passengers travelling without tickets in DTC buses.

“If the problem of ticketless travelling is solved, DTC will reap Rs 500 crore profits yearly instead of losses,” he added.

Goyal said that there are nearly 4, 600 bus stands in Delhi for which at least 3,000 ticket checkers are required. “But, presently there are only 1,400 checkers. Despite 45 lakh passenger rush in the DTC, the revenue is still not generated,” he added.

As per an estimate by the officials in the department, around 1.5 lakh passengers travel without tickets daily but only 500 are being caught.

Regional Managers claim that apart from staff crunch, department policies are also responsible for the losses. Only those employees who have served as conductors for a period of 25 years are appointed as ticket checkers.