Earlier, the Indian Railways had announced to introduce a new technology to get printed railway tickets from Automated Teller Machines (ATM) counters installed at railway stations across the country. Recently, Indian railway officials had successfully tested the new technology in New Delhi.
Now, the Patna railway station is likely to install this facility soon. After Delhi, Patna would be second railway station where railway reservation tickets can be procured through ATMs machines.
Danapur DRM B D Garg said that the railways department planned to introduce this high-tech system just to reduce heavy rush of passengers at the computerized reservation counters.
The railway department has decided to allot eight such ATM counters to Patna Junction. Three of which have already started working and providing facilities other than issuing the reserved-journey tickets.
Garg later said that procuring railway tickets through ATM counters would help passengers possessing credit card or debit card to skip heavy rush at reservation counters. Those passengers, carrying either of these credit or debit cards, can effortlessly book their tickets as per their convenience and travel plans.
At present, the railway authorities are in the process of making an agreement with several nationalised banks to install their ATM counters at different railway stations under the Danapur division of the ECR. Garg said later that the railways have already offered facilities to get e-tickets at petrol pumps also.
According to the report, the railways had earlier decided to install 17 ATM counters at different important junctions like Patna Saheb, Biharsharif, Ara, Mokama, Rajgir, Bakhtiarpur, Jehanabad and Jhajha. Now, it has decided to install ATM facilities at Gulzarbagh, Phulwarisharif, Fatuha, Buxar, Jamui, Dildarnagar, Bihta as well.