AUTOMATIC TICKET VENDING MACHINES ( ATVM )
What is ATVM?
Automatic Ticket Vending Machine (ATVM) was introduced by Indian Railways to reduce passengers queuing up at the Ticket counters at the Railway Stations. ATVMs are touch screen based ticketing kiosks operated using Smart cards. The passenger can purchase and recharge the Smart cards from nominated ticket counters. The Smart card has to be placed on slot in the ATVM and user has to select the route and destination using the touch screen. After the confirming the details, the ticket is printed. Once the ticket is issued the charge is debited from the Smart card. After the introduction of ATVM Indian railways ticket purchase queue became less.
ATVM Ticket Printing Steps
Following picture shows the ATVM ticket printing process. You can take printout of your ticket on 5 Easy steps.
Mumbai division of Central Railway presently 752 ATVMs and 123 Smart cards recharge counters are available at 73 stations. This system is gradually being popularized among the commuters and presently this system is carrying 23% of overall tickets.Updated: 6 – 12 -12
HYDERABAD AND LINGAMPALLI STATIONS ATVM INSTALLED
South Central Railway commissioned Automated Ticket Vending Machines (ATVM) at Hyderabad and Lingampalli stations. Passengers can buy MMTS tickets , General Second Class tickets for travel by Ordinary, Mail / Express trains, and Platform tickets from these ATVMs by using Smart Cards avoiding long queues at the Booking Counters and saving their time. ATVM is an extension of Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) and has user friendly touch screen with instruction in three languages viz. Telugu, Hindi and English. ATVM generates the Ticket after deducting the fare from the Smart Card duly indicating the balance amount available. The Smart Cards can be topped up by the Passengers at the Supervisor Counters as and when required.
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The passenger has to purchase smart cards from SMC counter, which is situated adjacent to booking counter in booking office of that particular station. Initially, smart cards will be issued for a minimum of Rs.115/- ( Rs. 65/- as security and Rs. 50/- as top up value) with validity of 6 months from the last purchase. It can be further topped up with amount of multiple of Rs. 50/- and upto maximum limit of Rs.1,000/-.
ATVM Now In Chennai Suburban Stations
Southern Railways announced that to avoid passengers queuing up before the ticket counters in various suburban stations of Chennai division and also for easy hassle free travel,this Railway has introduced a passenger friendly ticket vending system. At Present this facility is functioning at 40 suburban stations of Chennai division for the convenience of public.
This facility is a prepaid Smart Card based system valued at Rs.100/80 with six months validity from the time of purchase and a top up facility in multiples of Rs.50 with a refundable deposit of Rs.30 and an added 5% extra value on purchase of Card.
The Smart Card can be used anyone unlike the season ticket which necessitates the holder to produce his or her identity as a support document.
It is a cashless, convenient and a service available round the clock. The Automatic Ticket Vending Machines function even when there is a power failure and a ticket can be taken within 5 seconds.
So far, approximately 80,000 Smart Cards have been sold and an average number of 20,000 Passengers travel on this facility on a daily basis.
It is requested that public may take advantage of the Smart Card system and buy these Cards to travel at ease without the necessity to stand in the booking counters for purchase of ticket. For assistance, they can contact the Booking Supervisors/Clerks at these stations.