Vending machines for rail tickets

Serpentine queues in front of railway ticket counters could scare passengers who are in dire need to travel in a train, ready to depart within a short time. Jumping the queue, despite being an undesirable trait, may not be successful or could even lead to skirmishes.

Automatic ticket vending machines installed by the Southern Railway at five stations in Kerala including Ernakulam Junction and Aluva are a boon to such passengers. The machines started operation on Monday. All the stations were to be commissioned simultaneously, but there was a hiccup at Aluva with the machine unable to print the tickets. The problem was rectified within an hour and the machine had been functioning without any hitich since then, L.Ashok Kumar, Area Manager, Southern Railway, told The Hindu. The ticket vending machines were installed at Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur and Kottayam, apart from Ernakulam and Aluva.

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