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Automatic Ticket Vending Machine to accept currency notes

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.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/new-railway-tvm-to-accept-currency-notes/article7894619.ece

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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How to operate an Automatic Ticket Vending Machine?

Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs) might have been installed at Chandigarh railway station with an aim of providing passengers a respite from long queues, however, as of now there haven’t been many takers for the machine. The passengers are finding the machines too technical to operate and hence prefer to buy their tickets from the ticket counters. Three ATVMs had been installed at the station three days ago.

“It would be better if the railway authorities provide us with a helper or a guide, who can educate us on how to use the machine effectively,” said a commuter. However, Northern Railways’ senior divisional commercial manager Praveen Gaur said it would not be feasible to arrange a technician to guide the commuters all the time.

“We cannot provide round the clock technical guides, however we are providing technical assistance during peak hours,” Gaur said. He said that while there were a few technical problems with the ATVMs, most of them were happening at the Ambala railway station and not Chandigarh.

How to operate an Automatic Ticket Vending Machine

1.One can pay for the tickets by inserting coins, paper currency or smart card in the ATVM.

2. After choosing the mode of payment, the user has to select his/her destination using the touch screen. After confirming the details from the user, the ticket will be printed.

3. Smart cards are available at the ticket counter. Once the ticket is issued, the charge is debited from the smart card.

4. One can get tickets for the platform apart from unreserved, mail, express and even monthly season tickets through the ATVM.

5. The machines also display general information regarding the departure and arrival of the various trains. The information is provided both in English and Hindi.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/passengers-find-atvm-at-railway-station-too-technical-to-use/story-Vnwequb3UUf23h4dvF8Y9H.html

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Konkan Railway To Establish Tunnel Technology Institute At Goa

Konkan Railway was formed in 1990 as a Company to construct 761 km Rail Link between Mumbai (Roha) to Mangalore(Thokur). The entire line was opened for traffic on 26th Jan, 1998. Konkan Railway has completed 25 years and is celebrating Silver Jubilee. The celebration started on 15th October in Mumbai. Hon’ble Minister for Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu was the Chief Guest and distributed the awards to employees who exhibited exemplary services during the year.

While speaking on the occasion he praised the efforts of Shri Madhu Dandwate, Shri George Fernandes and Shri R K Hegde. He said Konkan Railway was the dream of Shri George Fernandes, who was the driving force behind the Konkan Railway project. He said we cannot forget his contribution. Later he said that A Tunnel Technology Institute will be set up in his name.The foundation Stone for the Institute will be laid during the Silver Jubilee celebrations. It will be a befitting tribute to Shri George Fernandes during Silver Jubilee year of the Corporation.

At present country does not have an Institute for training serving engineers for tunnel technology. We depend on foreign experts and technology. The facilities for training in tunnel technology exists in Europe. The cost of consultancy and training from foreign countries is high. The training imparted here will be specially adapted to suit to geology of Indian sub continent.

The need to provide rail and road connectivity to even remotest cities and growing urbanization of metros and tier two cities has necessitated construction of tunnels in a big way. Transportation through tunnels not only conserves the surface environment but also leaves the ground surface for humanity and earth’s flora & fauna to flourish. Though mankind has been constructing tunnels from pre-historic times, the present demand for construction of tunnels in difficult Himalayan geology and under built urban environment needs tunnel experts.

As per an estimate, in India, about 1500 km of tunnels exist, 1000 km of tunnels are under construction and another 2000 km of tunnels are under planning stage. These include tunnels for railways, metro rails, roadways, hydroelectricity, water, sewerage and irrigation. Compared to easier tunnel constructions in hard rock geology, to realise the underground potential of transportation network, the tunnelling has to be done in difficult geology, deep seated under high mountains and below urban environment.

KRCL has constructed more than 117 km of tunnels over last 25 years since its incorporation. It has 84 kms of railway tunnels on its 741 km route through western ghats in Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka. It has constructed 22 km of railway tunnels in State of Jammu and Kashmir. All 11 tunnels of Mumbai Pune expressway aggregating to about 11 km were constructed by KRCL. Even an irrigation tunnel was constructed by KRCL in Andhra Pradesh. The above experience of its engineers will be assimilated and a knowledge depository will be planned.

The proposed Institute of Tunnel Technology will be established at Madgaon (Goa), being well connected by rail and air. It is even on International tourist map. It has relevant infrastructure in place. Konkan Railway’s tunnels are also nearby for ease of imparting training.

The objectives of this Institute will be a depository of knowledge, experience and data for tunnels and underground structures, to provide training of tunnel technology and consultancy services for tunnels and underground construction. Konkan Railway has rich and vast expertise in this field.

Looking at the need of the hour and directions of Hon’ble Minister for Railways, the Konkan Railway Silver Jubilee celebrations will culminate on 23rd Oct, in a function at Goa with Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony for construction of a “George Fernandes Institute of Tunnel Technology”.

http://konkanrailway.com/english/konkan-railway-to-establish-tunnel-technology-institute-at-goa-as-a-part-of-its-silver-jubilee-celebration/

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Towards a decentralised ticketing system

The introduction of Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs) is just one of the many initiatives by the Railways to decentralise issuing of tickets in order to ease the rush at counters.

In all, 27 ATVMs have been approved for the Mysuru Railway Division, of which five will be installed at the city station and the rest will be installed at Shivamogga, Hassan, Davanagere, Arasikere, Haveri and other stations across the division.

Besides ATVMs — which are an offshoot of the Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) — the Railways have introduced ‘Operation five minute’ counters to reduce the pressure at the current booking counters. The ‘Operation five minute’ counters are destination-specific ticket-dispensing windows in which a person is assured of getting an unreserved ticket to a specific end-point (not for intermediary stations).

This personnel-manned counter is functional at the Mysuru Railway Station from 6 a.m. to 6.45 a.m. for the Bengaluru-bound Chamundi Express which is patronised by several people. The counter becomes functional again between 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. to coincide with the departure of trains to different destinations.

The Jan Sadharan Ticket Booking Sewaks (JTBS) is another mode through which passengers can procure ticket from authorised agents to avoid crowding at the station. There are seven JTBS operating in Mysuru besides four India Post PRS counters. With the Indian Railways contemplating expansion of UTS on mobile – which is already operational in Mumbai and Chennai suburban services – so as to introduce paperless ticket by sending an SMS to one’s mobile phone, one can procure railway tickets on-the-go obviating the need for last-minute panic of queues at the station.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/towards-a-decentralised-ticketing-system/article7691534.ece

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Apps for Unreserved Tickets & Freight Ops, Ticket Vending Machines – Indian Railways Is Changing!

Indian Railways is taking several innovative steps to be in line with the ‘Digital India’ campaign and to make the experience for passengers as comfortable as possible. Here are the three latest IT initiatives that have been launched by the ministry.

Taking one step further towards consumer satisfaction, the information technology (IT) arm of the Railway Ministry, Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), has developed three new initiatives. These are the initiatives which were launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, this Tuesday.

Paperless Unreserved Ticketing through Mobile Phone between New Delhi – Palwal Section

As the name implies, unreserved tickets authorise a journey but do not offer any reserved seats. They are also not specific to any particular train service and the tickets are often useful for short distance travels. The paperless unreserved ticketing system through a mobile app has been developed with the view of saving time for the passengers. The system was launched for Chennai and Mumbai suburban sections in April and July this year. According to the minister, it will soon be expanded to other sections as well.

In the Delhi-Palwal section, the system covers 11 stations over a distance of 57 km. The app, ‘utsonmobile’, can be downloaded both on Android and Windows-based platforms. Payments can be done with the help of the ‘railway wallet’ feature of the app. Other than the unreserved tickets, passengers in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai will also be able to book Monthly Season Tickets (MST) and platform tickets with the help of a mobile application very soon. The app can be downloaded here.

Currency Coin cum Card operated Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (CoTVM) at New Delhi Railway Station station

The automatic ticket vending machines are unmanned self-operating kiosks. This initiative is a part of the ministry’s ‘Operation five minutes’, and will help the passengers buy unreserved tickets themselves, without having to stand in long queues. Tickets can be purchased with coins, currency notes and smart cards. As per the ministry’s plan, the machines will be available at all major stations in the next 3 months. As of now, 450 machines are being installed by CRIS. With useful graphic interface for transaction, the kiosks will be very easy for everyone to operate. The machines will issue non-concessional second class journey tickets for non-suburban section, second/first class journey/return tickets for suburban section and platform tickets. They can also be used for the renewal of non-concessional season tickets and recharge of smart cards.

Parichaalan – Mobile Application for Freight Operations goods train

This app has been developed by CRIS to facilitate easy decision making on freight operations, with improved management operation system. The information available on the app will be current and dynamic, unlike the reports generated by the Freight Operations Information System (FOIS). Also, with the help of pictorial and graphical display of data, the information will be easy to understand. The app will help senior decision makers of the department to plan freight operations on real time basis. It will be provided to other operating officers on the field after the initial experiment.

The app provides mapped movement of freight trains and also offers brilliant search tools to look for specific trains and their services. There is also a planning tool which helps in planning the movement and loading, and gives live updates about the trains.

“The new initiatives are directed towards improving passenger and customer services on Indian Railways. The IT applications which have been inaugurated today are an indication that Indian Railways is constantly moving towards e-Governance,” said Suresh Prabhu during the launch.

– See more at: http://www.thebetterindia.com/33131/new-initiatives-by-indian-railways/#sthash.Y8HqoWQj.dpuf

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Western Railway launches paperless mobile ticket system

On Wednesday, Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu launched a paperless mobile ticket system on suburban Western Railway. A commuter using Android or Windows smartphone can access the Unreserved Ticketing system (UTS) application.

With the ticket booked through the UTS application, a commuter can travel ticketless to any desired destination between Churchgate and Dahanu. This system can be availed within a 30-metre or 2-km radius of railway stations. Commuters with this new application will not have to use ATVMs.

“We are no more on ground zero. We are running around. This is the 39th announcement I have made, following the Railway budget. We need to cater to the needs of customers either in terms of providing better services or infrastructure,” said Prabhu. “All employees are focusing on the development of new technologies and the Railway Board chairman is directly monitoring the activities,” he added.

“The ticket can be purchased using debit or credit or R-wallet. The R-wallet can be loaded from any UTS counter online — http://www.utsmobile.indianrail.gov.in,” said Chief Public Officer of the WR Sharat Chandrayan.

– See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/wr-launches-paperless-mobile-ticket-system/#sthash.uACBXUjp.dpuf

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Bibek Debroy Committee report for mobilization of Resources for projects & Restructuring of Railway Ministry

Bibek Debroy Committee report for mobilization of Resources for projects & Restructuring of Railway Ministry and Railway Board

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Posted by on June 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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