Now, use your ATM card to get railway tickets

Mumbai: After SMS ticketing, the Western Railway (WR) is set to launch its new ATM-ticketing service. However, in the beginning only long-distance reserved tickets would be issued to the passengers. 

“Initially, we are starting the service with 20 ATM machines. We have tied up with the State Bank of India for this. For the time being, we are only introducing this service for getting long-distance journey reserved tickets,” C P Sharma, WR Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) told Newsline. “One can get the ticket from the State Bank of India ATM centre installed at the Mumbai Central station,” said S S Gupta, chief spokesperson for the WR. “It would just be like an e-ticket.” The cost of the ticket would be deducted from the passenger’s account.

“As a policy decision, all the ATMs installed in the railway premises would have the facility,” added Sharma. The Information Technology arm of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has already tied up with the other nationalised and private banks to introduce this service on both the WR and the Central Railway network. On the Central Railway network ATMs of Canara Bank would be issuing the tickets to the commuters. “The integration of the railway server and the bank server is in process,” said CR chief spokesperson Shriniwas Mudgerikar.

Published in: on December 28, 2008 at 5:45 am  Leave a Comment  

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