Tall claims of railway authorities to install two automatic ticket vending machines (ATVM) at Ludhiana Railway Station till December, 2012, fell flat as no such development has been reported so far.
The machines would reduce the trouble of standing in long queues at the ticket booking counter of the station. Around 75 ATVMs were sanctioned by the Centre for their installation at 21 major railway stations in the country including the Ludhiana Railway Station.
Through this facility, commuters can buy tickets by using their pre-paid smart cards, which can be purchased at the railway stations. They can buy platform tickets, journey tickets and unreserved tickets also from the machines.
The railway board had allotted Rs. 160 crore to provide passenger amenities and sanctioned funds for 18 Adarsh Stations in state. The estimated cost of the project is about Rs. 5,500 crore.
The facility is cashless, convenient and the service was available round the clock. The machine functions even when there is no power and the ticket can be collected within five seconds.
Rajni, 52, a passenger said, “With the introduction of railway vending machines, I won't have to stand in long queues. A lot of time can thus be saved. One can get the ticket from the machine instantly.”
Divisional railway manager (DRM), Ferozepur division, NC Goyal said the service would revolutionise operation within next six months for the benefit of passengers at Ludhiana Railway Station, which is one of the biggest railway junctions in the northern India.