SCR to Conduct Special Drive to Popularise the Use of Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVM) and to Boost the Sale of ATVM Smart Cards

South Central Railway will organize a three day Special Drive from 2nd to 4th April, 2012 at all the Railway Stations in Hyderabad / Secunderabad with a view topopularize the use of  Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVM) and to boost the sale of Smart Cards among rail commuters. Since its introduction in February, 2010, the number of ATVMs in Twin-Cities gradually increased from 31 to 67 and at present, ATVMs at all the 26 MMTS railway stations issue around 5525 Tickets per day o­n an average. 
It is very convenient and time saving for the rail commuters to use Automatic Ticket Vending Machine (ATVM) to get their tickets hassle free.Especially, the frequenttravelers of MMTS trains find this system very useful as theycan get their tickets quickly through smart card based ATVMs. These commuters are not o­nly able to save their time by avoidinglong queues at the Booking Counters but also make sure they board their train in time with out missing it .In spite of these advantages, General Ticket Booking Counters continue to witness long queues even though the available ATVMs are still having capacity to issue large number of tickets.As the patronage for MMTS trains and other trains is continuously increasing, regular commuters need to shift to ATVM for their tickets in order to see that the long queues at Ticket Counters are reduced to the barest minimum. Hence, with a view to popularize ATVMs and Smart Cards, Officers and Inspectors of  Commercial Department of South Central Railway will counsel the passengers o­n where to get the ATVM Smart Cards, advantages of ATVMs,how to use ATVMs etc during the special drive period. Supervisory counters at the MMTS Stations issue ATVM Smart Cardswitha minimum value of Rs.70/-which includes security deposit of Rs.50/- and ticketing value of Rs.20/-.Smart Cards can be topped up to a maximum of Rs.1000/- in multiples of Rs.50/-.Smart Cards also has the added advantage of 5% Bonus offer, ie., the passengers can get tickets worth of 105 by paying Rs.100/-.The round the clock working, user friendly and touch Screened ATVMs issue Platform Tickets, first & second class tickets for MMTS trains and unreserved Tickets for express / ordinary trains for travel from the station of issue to any station in S.C. Railway.Passengers are requested to make use of the smart way of getting tickets through ATVMs at all MMTs Stations in the Twin-Cities instead of adding to the length of queues of the general ticket counters.
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