Now, instead of going to railway reservation centres, commuters can now book tickets from a Yatri Tickets Suvidha Kendra (YTSK).
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated the centre, where people can book reserved and unreserved railway tickets, at Kalbadevi on Monday.
This is the first Kendra in the state. The NDA government, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), introduced the scheme in August to curb the black marketing of reserved rail tickets.
According to railway officials, the first centre is owned by Harison travels, and about 80 more applications are currently in the pipeline.
For setting up the centre, the Mumbai division of the Central Railway and Western Railway received 34 and 44 applications respectively.
“Under the scheme, we have provided reservation system-cum-unreserved ticketing system terminals to the service providers at their premises,” said Narendra Patil, chief public relations officer, CR.
He said the service provide is allowed to charge Rs30 extra for unreserved and sleeper-class tickets, and Rs 40 for AC-class tickets.
The centres will be active an hour after the opening of normal ticket booking, a senior official said.
Railway officials said this was an upgraded version of the railway ticket service agents’ scheme, which was discontinued earlier this year.
In the earlier scheme, the agents would book tickets from the railway ticket counter on behalf of the passenger, but charge extra fees.