After installing 50 smart card-operated automatic ticket vending machines in the division, Madurai Division of Southern Railway is introducing ATVMs that could be also operated with currency notes and coins.
The Divisional Railway Manager, Sunil Kumar Garg, said that people can insert currency notes and coins into the machine to get tickets. “This will be like an additional ticket booking counter that would ease the queue in the counters,” he said.
Installation of one such machine is underway at the main concourse of Madurai Railway junction on Tuesday.
A railway official said that the machines would be installed in six railway stations in the division.
Though the smart card offered by the railways for using at the ATVMs did not earn patronage, the machines have become popular among passengers who make use of the services of facilitators to buy unreserved tickets at various stations. The new machine would help people use it without smart cards. People need to insert currency notes and coins, one by one, and follow the instructions on the machines to get the tickets after choosing their destinations.
“The cash inserted would be returned by the machine if the transactions fail,” an officer said. Mr. Garg told reporters that LED coach indication boards were being provided at important stations to help passengers get closer to the location of their coaches on the platform. The division would save Rs. 25 crore every year on foreign expenditure for importing diesel on electrification of Madurai-Tuticorin and Vanchi Maniyachi-Tirunelveli sections.
Additional Divisional Railway Manager R.V.B. Babu, Chief Medical Superintendent G. Sahoo, Senior Divisional Operations Manager R. Senthil Kumar and Senior Divisional Commercial Manager S.T. Ramalingam, were present.