The reservation centre for foreigners at the New Delhi railway station will now be functional round-the-clock starting from Friday.
The International Tourist Bureau/Passenger Reservation Centre for foreign tourists and non-resident Indians at New Delhi Station shall function round-the-clock, said a senior Northern Railway official.
Till now it was operational from 8 AM to 8 PM. The opening of the ticketing centre for foreign tourists for 24 hours will act as a deterrent to touts operating in the area, the official said.
There are about 20,000 foreigners who avail the facility for booking tickets daily. Passport is required to issue tickets to foreigners here, he said.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who had visited the centre on Monday, had instructed the concerned authorities to make it operational 24 hours to provide uninterrupted facility to foreigners.
New Delhi station is one of the most busiest station in the country with about 300 trains plying and 5 lakh passengers coming here daily.