Soon, buy unreserved train ticket wherever you are

By S Vishnu Sharmaa Published on Jul 11, 2018 04:28 PM IST

Chennai: Imagine if one has been into this city for attending a popular event, a religious function or a trade fair. Taking part in it will sap all his energy, but he has to go to the nearest railway station and battle a long queue again to reach his destination which may only be hours away.

But soon such travellers will have something to cheer about, thanks to Southern Railway. Frequent travellers like T Satyamoorthi, a marketing agent who resides in Kanchipuram will be a relieved lot. He often travels to the big city for some event or the other.

Such people will not have the need to go to the nearest railway station and stand in snaking queues and buy a ticket for a train back home. They can purchase a ticket (unreserved) at the spot of the popular event, travel to the nearest station and get into a train to return home.

For, soon, there will be P-UTS (portable unreserved ticketing system) machines at the place of popular events from where people can buy unreserved train tickets. A person authorised by the railways will be at the popular event spot operating this machine and selling tickets.

A senior railway official said the proto-type of the machine has been put on test for the last one month. And they have sent it to the Railway Board for approval.

After that, the machine will also be tested by the Centre for Railway Information Systems and after all the procedures are done, it is likely to become a regular feature, said the official.

This machine will have all the features that the equipment at a ticket window at any station will have: a screen, ticket roll, thermal printer and railway software, the official explained.

This innovation can also be to resolve the issue of railway press-issued cardboard tickets at smaller stations, which are also known as 'halt stations.'

Some of the halt stations in Chennai division are Annanur and Royapuram. An agent sells tickets at these stations and the common complaint is that tickets are frequently sold out.

For local passengers, Railways has already introduced UTS on mobile app which helps them book tickets on the mobile phone without even standing in the queue. While this is gaining popularity, this new innovation will also seem very helpful.