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Nov 27 2016 (12:10)  Railways plans to accept debit card at ATVMs, deliver e-tickets home (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MUMBAI: The railways plan to offer two cashless suburban ticket options—use of debit cards at automated ticket vending machines (ATVM) and purchase of season tickets via an ECS mandate from any bank, which would be delivered to a registered address. These initiatives would, in turn, shorten queues at booking windows. Till date, commuters can buy tickets via booking windows, smart cards and the mobile ticket app. Commuters can also buy season tickets on the IRCTC website. Payment can be made via the direct debit facility.
A senior Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) official said, "We are working on this system so that commuters do not have to depend only on smart cards to book tickets without queuing up. The proposed system
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will ensure that debit and credit cards can be swiped at ATVMs to buy both card and season tickets."
Source said CRIS is in talks with the State Bank of India to set up a point of sales (PoS) card machine infrastructure.
A senior official said, "We also plan to allow people to buy mobile tickets with their debit cards. Currently, commuters have to load a balance in the R-Wallet, from which money gets deducted to buy a card or a season ticket." He further said this will ensure that the use of the mobile app system becomes less cumbersome.
On the other option of delivering season tickets to any address, the official said, "A commuter has to visit the booking office once to register his address and get the bank electronic clearing service (ECS) activated."
Under the system, the commuter will get an SMS reminder from the number '139' about renewal of a season ticket 10 days before its expiry date. If the commuter gives his go-ahead, the fare amount would be deducted from his or her bank account and a pass would be delivered to the registered address. The official said, "This will ensure shorter queues at booking offices. We can also free of some our booking staff for productive work."
Meanwhile, at this point, commuters have to use three different cards—one for railways, another for BEST and an additional one for the metro. From March, commuters may have to buy another card if the monorail becomes operational along its entire route from Chembur to Jacob Circle. To tide over this problem, MMRDA plans a common ticketing system but its rollout deadline is not yet clear because of the involvement of multiple agencies.
Already, the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro has tied up with ICICI Bank and SBI for recharge with debit and credit cards.
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