From May 5, commuters can buy tickets for long-distance trains at all stations between Churchgate and Dahanu. Currently, passengers can purchase tickets from Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra Terminus and Borivli.
“People need not stand in queues at select stations for long hours now,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief public relations officer, Western Railway.
Keeping in mind the convenience of passengers and demands from several quarters, necessary modifications have been made in the ticket issuing system.
Also, for any journey exceeding 200 km, passengers can buy ticket three days in advance, which are otherwise purchased just hours before the journey.
Tickets purchased in advance can be cancelled prior to the day of journey at the ticket issuing station or station of origin. However, on the day of journey, tickets can be cancelled only from station of origin.
This move, however, could affect the suburban commuters buying tickets or renewing season passes, as the stations would be more crowded. Yet, railway officials feel that if all the counters are opened for buying tickets for both suburban and long distance trains, the pressure could be lessened.