Indian Railways will soon be providing hand-held terminals (HHTs) to their staff in an effort to digitise the on-board ticket checking. This will also allow the TTEs to allot vacant berths in trains.
On Friday (December 14), the first round of HHTs were introduced in Patna (Rajdhani Express) and will be soon given across the nation. The news came in a circular that was issued on December 11.
Live Mint quoted the circular which read, “A project to introduce HHTs on Indian Railways for computerised on board ticket checking and allotment of vacant berths has been conceptualised and tested and is ready for rollout on all-India basis.”
Those passengers who board trains from stations will be shown real-time updates about availability of berths with the new system in place. Live Mint quoted a railways official as saying, “It will also result in greater availability of vacant berths to wait-listed passengers. Hence, more passenger satisfaction. More bookings will also result in increased railway revenue. It will also give a boost to the digital India initiative.”
This works as a morale boost to the staff since their task of looking into reservation charts will be history after the introduction of HHTs.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.