Northern Railway introduces smart card

New Delhi, Nov 13 (PTI) Daily commuters no more need to stand in long queues to purchase tickets for local trains as Northern Railway has decided to introduce smart card-based ticketing system in 30 stations in the NCR region from next week.

The system, which has entailed an investment of Rs 3.21 crore will ensure that suburban passengers need not stand in long queues and instead use smart cards to buy ticket to their destinations, sources said.

“In all, 75 vending machines have been installed in stations falling between Delhi and Palwal and they will start functioning from next week onwards,” they said.

The smart card will be available in ticket booking counters and will come in denomination ranging from Rs 50 to Rs 1000.

Official figures indicate that at present, 70,000 to 80,000 tickets are sold in the Delhi region per day.

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500 post offices to issue rail tickets soon

KOCHI: Railways will soon enter into a tie-up with the Department of Posts to issue railway tickets, both reservation and current, through 500 post offices in the State, Union Minister of State for Railways E. Ahamed has said.

He was addressing the media at the Ernakulam South railway station on Wednesday after inspecting the railway station.

Mr. Ahamed was on a four-day interactive trip, which will end in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. Shortage of ticket counters was one of the main complaints raised with the Minister during the trip.

Partnership

The Minister said public-private partnership models would be evolved for development of railway stations. Long-term partnership models, preferably for 30 or 35 years, were being considered.

Steps would also be taken to decentralise the power to release funds for development activities of railway stations. The authority to use funds for assignments like sanitation of railway stations would be given to the station managers concerned.

http://www.hindu.com/2009/08/13/stories/2009081354840500.htm