March 6, 2009 3:03:03 am
Putting an end to the traditional ticketing system,the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has decided to issue tickets with help of electronic machines. MSRTC officials said that the decision was taken to cut costs and save time.
The implementation work is expected to start in the next 2-3 months. The decision was taken in view of cutting down stationery cost, said MSRTC spokesperson Mukund Dhus. The MSRTC has tickets of several denominations. In many cases,MSRTC issues more than two tickets of different denominations for a single journey. This will also save time of both the cashier and the conductor, added Dhus.
The system of issuing electronic tickets has been adopted by state transport corporations in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Even the Navi Mumbai Municipal corporation is using a similar system in some of its buses.
The MSRTC would be introducing the system for long-distance journeys followed by medium to long distance journeys. In the later phases,smaller routes would be included. The smaller routes include the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). It has been observed that the people taking long distance routes are more in number. This also requires tickets of different denominations. The introduction would make the work simpler.
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The introduction of this ticketing system would mean the conductors parting with their cash bags,ticket box and ticket punchers. While some commuters are ready to accept the change others are missing the traditional way. Everyday,I use to collect the colourful tickets of different denominations. The collection was of over four years, said Sadhana Doshi,an engineering student who takes MSRTC bus from Thane.
Meanwhile,the agency has also extended its fare-concession facility of 75 and 50 percent to blind and physically handicapped passengers and their attendants respectively on the semi-luxury buses. Earlier,this facility was valid only for ordinary MSRTC buses. Passengers wishing to avail the facility should possess a valid identity card issued by the authorised social welfare officers of the state government, added Dhus.
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