The railway station and bus stand was back to normalcy a day after commuters faced major harassment in terms of exchanging Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. On Thursday, passengers were spotted buying tickets without a hassle using Rs 500 note.
Though auto-rickshaws were not accepting Rs 500 notes and passengers had to pay using Rs 100 notes, there was no obstacle in buying train or bus tickets as Rs 500 or Rs 1,000 notes were being accepted at ticket counters.
Officials at the ticket counters did not even ask for identity proofs.
Railway officials said they will continue to accept these notes till November 11 but restrictions will be enforced thereafter.
Meanwhile, only one of the three automatic ticket vending machines at the railway stations was working. However, many were heard complaining of PM Modi’s sudden announcement of banning existing notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.
Praveen Kumar, a passenger, said, “Think about those who have saved Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes and do not have bank accounts. Even porters are asking for Rs 100 notes. This situation will continue for another three days till everything settles down and all the currency is exchanged.”
According to officials, the passenger rush has increased considerably seeing that a few holidays are lined up. The ticket counters usually start getting crowded after 3pm
NOW, PAY RAILWAYS BACK THROUGH CHEQUE, E-TRANSACTION
chandigarh: With the withdrawal of currency of denominations Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, the northern railways made an amendment in the Tatkal ticket cancellation for passengers.
From now on, passengers cancelling tickets worth Rs 10,000 and above will have to pay back railway authorities through cheque or electronic transactions. Northern railway CPRO Neeraj Sharma said as per the new amendment, no cash will be given to the passenger by the railways for any cancellation of the ticket.
Also, the passengers who book tickets worth Rs 50,000 and above will have to attach their PAN card with the booking form, otherwise the ticket will be denied to the concerned applicant. In fact if the person books tickets above Rs 50,000, the PAN card of the buyer has to be attached with the booking forms.