In what could lead to initial hiccups during purchase of season tickets, railway commuters will have to furnish their residential address proof from April 11.
Of the 70 lakh commuters daily on Central and Western Railway, more than 50 per cent are season ticket holders.
Following a recent directive of the Allahabad High Court, the Railway Board has directed all zonal railways to ask for address proof from railway passengers while issuing fresh season tickets or renewing one with immediate effect.
In addition to name, age and photo-identity proof, booking clerks will henceforth also record the address and gender of the passenger.
A senior railway officer said, “The new rule will increase ticket-booking time and also cause confusion among commuters. People staying on rent could face problems.”
WR’s Mumbai division has reportedly asked its headquarters to review the order and make necessary changes for suburban commuters.
However, another railway officer said the new rule would help them keep data on the gender of the commuter and the specific location for which the ticket was being purchased. “This will help Railways schedule services better manner.”