From March, Central railway (CR) will embark on a massive drive to promote use of the Automatic Ticket Vending Machine (ATVM).
Around 1 lakh ATVM cards are expected to arrive by the end of February. Presently, 3 lakh ATVM cards are in circulation and 600 new cards are issued daily.
“As of now, we have limited stock [of cards], hence we are not going for a full-fledged promotion of this ticketing facility. But once we have additional stock we will encourage its usage, by counseling travellers at ticket counter queues,” explained a senior railways official, requesting anonymity due to the ongoing code of conduct.
The railways had originally ordered for 76 ATVMs of which 20 have been commissioned and the rest will be installed soon. Seventy-five additional ATVMs are now being ordered.
“The new ATVMs will be installed on the Transharbour line, Kalyan — Kasara and Kalyan-Karjat, and will cater to the needs of commuters at far off suburb stations,” said AK Singh, public relations Officer (PRO), CR.