Mobile vans to deliver train tickets

NEW DELHI: In a bid to make booking tickets more convenient, Railways are mulling introduction of mobile vans with ticketing facility.

The vans, up-linked to satellite, would be issuing railway tickets in reserved and unreserved categories primarily in rural and remote corners of the country.

“We are examining a proposal for launching mobile van service for issuing tickets at certain places,” a senior Railway Ministry official said.

“The purpose behind the system is to reach out every corner of the country. Facilities would be made available for not only reserved tickets but also for unreserved tickets,” the official said.

Railways had already announced its plan to book tickets through mobile phones. A pilot project for this is to be launched in Mumbai shortly.

“The modalities are being worked out for launching the pilot project,” he said.

In order to bring transparency, Indian Railway is also planning to display the status of the availability of tickets for reservation for important trains at the ticket counters.

Meanwhile, efforts are on to link all stations selling tickets across the country with the computerised system.

Railways have finalised a plan to add more reservation counters across the country in order to help passengers get tickets easily.

As per an estimate, there are about 1,800 such counters across various zones. As per the plan, about 500 more counters would be added and a decision in this regard is likely to be made in the upcoming Railway Budget.

The idea is to decongest the existing ticket counters so that people do not face difficulty in getting tickets, said the official.

Railways are likely to focus on passenger amenities besides revenue generation in the budget this time.

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