Arriving soon: rail ticket at post offices

TIME TO SHIFT: The railway booking office in Sakchi, Jamshedpur, on Friday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta

Jamshedpur: Three city booking offices of the South Eastern Railway in Sakchi, Bistupur and Telco will soon be shifted to post offices.

Chakradharpur division senior divisional commercial manager Bhaskar said the first meeting with India Post superintendent (Singhbhum circle) Vimal Kisore was held recently and the next one to discuss the finer points would be held later this month.

"Currently, the booking counters function independently from rented premises. Shifting those to post offices would help in better management and maintenance. We would also overcome Internet problems since post offices have back-up arrangements," he said.

After everything is finalised, a training session, to be attended by railway and postal staff, would be held in February. "In the next meeting, we would decide where the booking counters would be set up in the post offices," he said, adding that the counters would function as usual from 8am to 2pm.

Railway sources said the three city booking offices collectively sell around 600 reserved tickets daily. But, that's likely to increase once the counters are shifted to post offices. Incidentally, Chakradharpur railway division opened two booking counters for reserved tickets near the second entry to the station from Burmamines end last month. The reserved counters, which are part of the computerised reservation system, functions from 8am to 2pm.

The decision to close the booking offices and shift them to post offices has evoked mixed response from passengers.

"We usually buy tickets from the booking office because the rush is less and its close to my house. When it is shifted to the post office, I will have to travel an extra kilometre," said Sujit Chatterjee, a frequent traveller and a resident of Telco.

Anil Singh, a resident of South Park area in Bistupur said, "Shifting the booking offices to post offices would definitely help. It would help the railways earn more revenue. Moreover, connectivity related issues would be less."


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