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Dec 15 2016 (08:45)  Few takers for PoS at railway ticket counters (
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Nashik: Installing swipe machines at the Nashik Road and city passenger reservation system (PRS) counters has not proven well as only a few people opted for the facility while booking tickets.
Passengers say that the delay in point-of-sale (PoS) machine arriving has doused the urgency.
After an eager wait for 36 days, the railways installed two machines at the city PRS and three machines at the Nashik Road PRS - where advance bookings are conducted. Currently, there are no such machines installed at the unreserved ticket services.
installing the machines, there were very few takers for it at the city PRS on day one. We are confident that more people will come forth once they know about the payment gateway and once the transaction of banned Rs 500 notes comes to an end," Vivek Mayalu, zonal vice president at Maharashtra Navnirman Railk Kamgar Sena, Central Railway.
On day one, Nashik city PRS saw only nine transactions till evening, while the Nashik Road PRS had 29 transactions via card. On an average, the city PRS processes 900 forms daily, while the Nashik Road PRS processes 600 forms with a business of Rs 5 lakh and Rs 7 lakh, respectively.
"It is good that the PoS machines have been installed here, but the problem is that the tense time - where there was no cash in hand, has passed. Those who want will definitely use the system, but there is no sense of urgency anymore. The Railways' PoS was delayed by 36 days," a commuter who was willing to book his ticket to Shegaon, Prashant Pawar said.
Some commuters are still relieved that a PoS machine has been installed. "Since the banned notes will be out of use completely from December 15, digital money will come into play now and there will be demand for the same. Even if I have banned notes after this, I will not be able to book tickets," said Sarika Mallik, a private company employee.
The railways have also put up boards about PoS machines being available at the reserved ticket centres. "We ask passengers if they want to book their tickets and process accordingly. This is a good step but just that it should have been carried out a while back. But, it is a good initiative and the officers who handle cash will be relieved," said Mayalu.
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