Jamshedpur, June 29: In a novel way to help passengers maintain social distancing during the pandemic, South Eastern Railway (SER) has installed a renovated automatic ticket checking and managing access (ATMA) machine at Tatanagar railway station on Monday. Two such machines installed today costs around Rs 1.15 lakh each.
The ATMA screens have been designed in a way to help limit physical contact between passengers and railway employees during the Covid-19 pandemic.
An official of Chakradharpur railway division said two of the machines installed at Tatanagar have been donated by Tata Steel. As per the plans four other railway stations Chakradharpur, Rourkela, Jharsuguda and Barbil will also get ATMA machines.
The machine is designed in a way that it can scan the body temperature of passengers and can also check whether a passenger is using a mask or not. On getting a green signal about the temperature, a passenger will have to show the ticket which is also scanned without any kind of contact. The HD camera installed at the booth will check the ID proof and ticket of the person.
ATMA will also be able to check if passengers are wearing masks or not. Post the screenings, passengers will have to sanitise their hands, and only then will they be allowed to board the train.
Chakradharpur railway division is also planning to introduce an automated face mask and hand sanitizer dispensing machines at Tatanagar and other important stations under it to help those who may have forgotten to carry sanitizers and masks.
The Tatanagar railway station is the only A1-category railway station under Chakradharpur division of South Eastern Railway ( SER). The footfall at the station is gradually on the rise because of increasing number of trains and also because of the fact that Tatanagar falls on the Howrah-Mumbai main line. Apart from Shramik special trains, five passenger trains, including Puri-New Delhi Rajdhani Express and Howrah-Barbil Jan Shatabdi Expresses pass through Tatanagar and several other stations under the Chakradharpur railway division.