NEW DELHI, 14 JULY
The long queues to get the railway ticket will soon be a matter of past as the number of vans providing ticketing facility will be increased at most prominent and crowded places in the Capital.
After the immense response on the mobile ticketing facility called ‘Mushkil Aasaan’, the railway authorities have decided to introduce more vans, which issue reserved and unreserved tickets at market and other crowded places to people who are unable to go to the railway stations.
"Since the day mobile ticketing van was launched, it has been a hit among people and gradually became popular which motivated us to increase its number," said a senior official of Northern Railway.
At present, one mobile van is stationed at different locations across Delhi from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm from Monday to Saturday. "More vans will be added soon. Though the number has not been decided yet but it will be stationed at prominent places according to the demands of elected representatives and railway authorities," stated the official.
The present issued 3,889 tickets worth over Rs 27 lakh in April and May and refunded tickets worth Rs 8 lakh. On an average, 140 passengers booked 76 tickets through the van helping the railways earn Rs 37,266 per day in two months.
As of now, these vans are being stationed at CR Park, Vasant Kunj, Dwarka, Mayur Vihar, Malviya Nagar, Burari, Mahrauli, Kalkaji, Tilak Nagar and Rohini. ‘Mushkil Aasaan" was launched in January 2010 in Delhi by the then Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee which she announced while presenting the Railway Budget for 2009-10 in July 2009.