1. Indian Railways install Automatic Ticket Vending Machines in all zones

Indian Railways install Automatic Ticket Vending Machines in all zones

In a move to reduce heavy rush on ticket counters, Indian Railways on Sunday introduced Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs) at several railway stations in all zones.

By: | Published: March 12, 2017 10:38 PM
In a move to reduce heavy rush on ticket counters, Indian Railways on Sunday introduced Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs) at several railway stations in all zones. (PTI)

In a move to reduce heavy rush on ticket counters, Indian Railways on Sunday introduced Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs) at several railway stations in all zones. Making the announcement, Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu tweeted: “Automatic Ticket Vending Machines to provide ease of ticketing, reduce congestion at ticket counters.”

The ATVMs/ Cash-coin and smart card operated Ticket Vending Machines (CoTVMs) have been installed so as to reduce congestions at unreserved ticket counters. Not only this, it would also allow cashless transactions where passengers can purchase unreserved tickets on the authority of smart card on which they also get 5% bonus. These machines are capable of issuing almost all types tickets, including the platform tickets. Till date, total 450 CoVTMs have been commissioned at around 250 stations of India Railways.

With the installation, Railway officials believe that these machines will prove to be helpful for passengers as well as visitors in purchasing platform tickets. The move can also prove to boost digital payment, as people can purchase their tickets through debit cards as well. However, it seems that this can be a challenge for the authorities to make the people aware of these machines so that they can operate these without any difficulty.

However, ATVMs that were installed at Chandigarh railway station previous year with an aim to provide the passengers a respite from long queues, didn’t saw many takers. The passengers were finding the machines too technical to operate and hence prefer to buy their tickets from the ticket counters. So, this would be a bigger challenge for the Railway Ministry to make people use the machine with less complications.

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    Chinmay
    Mar 14, 2017 at 6:29 am
    Correction: didn’t see many takers
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      CharlesWilliamMorganJr
      Mar 15, 2017 at 3:47 am
      We need a system that allows foreigners to purchase Indian rail tickets of all cles with ease and simplicity, using credit cards or any other form of payment. Presently, the system is complex, making it next to impossible for tourists to purchase Indian rail tickets. Even if we get a sympathetic s agent, he will announce that the credit cards do not work, although they are perfectly fine and good anywhere else.
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      1. Vaani Vedu
        Mar 16, 2017 at 6:42 am
        To make it easy,just print the" from" station only ,and next mention the amount of the ticket for the destination,thats all.
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        1. Ajay Sharma
          Jul 22, 2017 at 1:22 am
          can i buy , more than 1 tickets , at one go?
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