A goat found traveling in a local in the city was deemed a ticketless traveler by the Central Railway, which promptly proceeded to auction it, hauling in a neat sum of Rs 2,500, more than six times the fine for ticketless travel in the first class.
On Wednesday, at Masjid station, the railway officials found a passenger traveling with a goat in a CST-bound local. They asked him for a ticket. The man made a show of searching his pockets before running off, leaving his goat onboard.
Railway officials decided to recover the cost of this ticketless commute by auctioning the animal. They named it Basanti, tied it to a pole at Masjid station and fixed the selling price at Rs 3,000. The goat didn’t find any takers for this price. The authorities kept the creature overnight under the supervision of a caretaker.
On Thursday, the authorities finally got a buyer, who purchased the goat for Rs 2,500. Narendra Patil, the chief public relations officer for Central Railway, said that the authorities had given the endeavor a lot of thought before going ahead.
According to the rules, it is not permitted to carry animals on local trains, as they can harm other passengers.
On Wednesday, at Masjid station, railway officials found a passenger traveling with a goat in a CST-bound local. They asked him for a ticket. The man made a show of searching his pockets before running off, leaving the goat onboard.