Hyderabad, May 20 UNI | 2 months ago

South Central Railway (SCR) will expand Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs) on a big scale to cover all major stations on SCR in a phased manner.

Announcing this at a press conference here, SCR General Manager P K Srivastava said at present 71 ATVMs are functioning at 26 MMTS stations in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

Around 9,000 tickets are being issued from these ATVMs benefiting over 12,000 passengers on an average per day. With a view to encourage patronage amongst the rail users, 34 facilitators (service agents) have been posted at major stations to enable sale of general and platform tickets through ATVMs, he said.

Following the encouraging feedback and response from the public, SCR has drawn up a plan to expand this facility so as to cover all major stations in the 6 Divisions -- Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntakal, Guntur and Nanded on SCR, Mr Srivastava said.

Mr Srivastava said "487 new ATVMs will be setup on the zone shortly at an estimated cost of Rs 26 crore. These include 312 Smart Card based ATVMs to be procured at a cost of Rs 5.4 crore and 175 versatile ATVMs (cash and coin based) to be procured at a cost of Rs 15 crore. The procurement of these ATVMs is being handled by the Center for Railway Information Systems (CRIS). The plans envisage installation of these ATVMs in phases at more than 150 railway stations across the Zone in the next 2 years."

Elaborating on the project to setup ATVMs across SCR on a big scale, the General Manager stated that required number of officers and staff will exclusively be deployed for this project for taking up works in a focused manner.

With plans to employ facilitators at ATVMs on need basis for servicing the passengers, the project will help in generating indirect employment opportunities too, he added.

(Posted on 21-05-2014)