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Dec 08 2016 (20:52)  No facility to buy rail ticket using debit card (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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LUCKNOW: Following demonitisation of Rs 500 and 1,000 notes and the subsequent cash crisis, Central government wants people to go cashless but ticket counters at the Charbagh railway station does not accepts debit card payment, forcing many passengers to pay cash or change/cancel their travel plans.Passenger who came with debit card to get rail tickets at Charbagh railway station failed to get their seat/berth booked as debit cards are not being accepted at the counters. Railway officials said they were planning to send a proposal to higher authorities to arrange machines to accept card payment at the counters. But till the facility is available, people will have to face the hardship.
In a reality check, TOI found people hoping to get tickets
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through debit at Charbagh station were disappointed. There are around 10 ticket reservation counters and only one counter is offering the service of electronic bill payment and that too only using credit card and for that too there were long queues, compelling many to go back and spend more on a flight.
The provision to use credit card was started for the convenience of tourists. However, authorities have not tied up with banks for acceptance of debit cards. Though a section of people book tickets using online mode of payment through website, majority, mostly middle and lower classes, prefer buying tickets from counter. Due to ongoing cash crisis, many are coming with debit cards for booking tickets, including platform tickets.
"I came to book tickets for entire family to attend a marriage in Hyderabad, but they are not accepting debit card," said Anas Khan.
"Since ATMs were empty and banks were closed for the holiday, I tried booking two tickets to Delhi using debit card, but they refused," said Achal Baghel.
Kunaal Abbas, who had come to book tickets for Mumbai, said that if they start using debit cards, most people who have bank accounts, can go for cashless transaction.
Chief public relations officer (CPRO) Neeraj Sharma said there are only 76 credit and debit card counters across the country provided by Indian railway, in which one counter for use of only credit card has been provided to Lucknow and railway is planning to increase the number of machines and ticket windows.
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