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New ATVMs to be installed at CR

Saturday, August 12, 2017
By Priyanka Dhomse

After several complaints from commuters and even tweets on social sites, the Central Railways (CR) has, at last, floated a tender to install more Automatic Ticket Vending Machine (ATVM) at their stations and also to repair the ones which are not working. The ATVMs which were initially introduced to reduce the queues at the ticket counters on stations have not been functioning well, further upsetting the commuters.

As per the Railway officials from the CR, they have put forth the proposal for new ATVMs and to carry out the repair work of the non-functional machines. “The Railway Board has recently passed the proposal by floating the tender to purchase 318 ATVMs, which are likely to be installed at the stations within 10 days,” said an official from the CR.

“Stations like CSMT, Dadar, Thane, Kalyan witness immense crowd, especially during the peak hours. In order to avoid the long queues at the ticket counters, the ATVMs were introduced as a better option for commuters,” said a commuter from Thane.

The official said, “Due to the lack of availability of spare parts which are needed for the ATVMs, the repair work was delayed. However, we have started with the same process and have already repaired 10 machines and will soon complete repairing the remaining machines.”

At present there are a total of 429 ATVMs existing at 92 stations of CR, with 318 more likely to be installed there. Out of 120 non-functioning ATVMs, 10 have been recently repaired by the CR.

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