Buy tickets from automatic machines at city rly station

Facility to be hassle-free, says SWR divisional manager

Soon, serpentine queues for buying tickets at Mysuru Railway Station will be a thing of the past, with South Western Railways (SWR), Mysuru division, planning to install seven automatic ticket vending machines (ATVMs).

Addressing media persons here on Friday, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), SWR, Mysuru, Rajkumar Lal said five machines will work on smart cards based technology and two machines, better called as ‘Versatile ATVMs’ will accept currency notes and coins.

Lal said a slew of projects to improve basic amenities are under way. “A digital reservation chart will be introduced. An executive lounge on the lines of airport is planned for the benefit of long distance travellers. It will be a paid service, an initiative of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Limited. The work on subway to connect all the six platforms in the station has been started at an estimated cost of Rs 7.04 crore. The civil works on escalator is expected to start soon. A mechanised laundry, with a capacity of 1.5 tonne is another plan,” Lal said.

Expressing happiness over the success of the first phase of ‘Railway Swachh Bharat’ (September 25 to October 11), Lal said a massive cleanliness drive was conducted with the staff, irrespective of cadre, offering Shramdan (Voluntary service) during the drive.
As part of the drive, 165 perforated steel dust bins are put up in Mysuru station, while bio-toilets — another big venture of the railways — may be fully implemented in two years. The toilets with zero discharge will help address the issues related to human waste falling on the tracks. Two automatic toilets, built at the station from Mysuru and Kodagu MP Prathap Simha’s local area development (MPLAD) fund, is expected to be opened soon.

Lal claimed that the Mysuru division has been witnessing growth at the rate of 0.7 per cent overall when there is a decline in rail users owing to improved road connectivity.
It may be the same even after Mysuru-Nanjangud Road is upgraded into four lane owing to cost factor, with ticket fares still being affordable, Lal replied to a query.

He said 55 vacant posts of Railway Protection Force (RPF) were filled recently.
Besides accompanying the trains, the crowd control is another task handled by the RPF men, Lal said.

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