Jamshedpur: The railway administration has initiated steps to install automatic ticket vending machines (ATVMs) at prominent stations in the CKP division.
The move would especially be of help to passengers of suburban and mail/express trains, who have to wait in long queues to buy unreserved journey tickets.
Ravi Mehta, a regular commuter on local trains, said the new system would help save time and efforts of passengers, especially those who catch trains at the last moment.
“The administration, however, has to ensure that it has technical back-up to restore the system in case of any glitches,” Ravi said.
A railway official said this was a step towards introducing new technology to benefit passengers. Commuters are required to buy a prepaid smart card to avail this service.
The concept has been implemented successfully in various railway divisions, including Mumbai division where thousands use these machines daily.
The administration is expected to appoint facilitators who will explain the functioning of the machines to passengers, in the coming month. Officials said the machines would also help curb
instances of ticketless travel.
One such machine has already started functioning from today and four more machines are expected to begin functioning within the next six months.
The ATVM was tested and declared as open this afternoon after Tatanagar Booking in-charge, Anirban Sen obtain a ticket by swapping a railway smart card in presence of senior divisional commercial manager, Chakradharpur, Subhashish Kole.
A railway official said commuters are required to buy a prepaid smart card from near the railway booking counter to avail this service.
The smart card are available for an amount of Rs 1000, Rs 500 and Rs 100. Each time the commuter will need to obtain a ticket, he or she has to swap the smart card on the ATVM where a map of the railway route will appear.
On touching the screen at the required destination, a ticket will come out. The amount charged for each ticket will be debited from the smart card.