New Delhi: To put an end to the touts’ interference in ticket reservation, the Railways has contemplating to introduce the biometric system in which the passenger has to give his/ her thumb impression of left hand before purchasing a ticket from the authorized counter.

Once a person purchases a ticket, his/ her identity will be registered in the system, and if the same person purchases tickets more than twice in a day, the rail reservation system will refuse to issue tickets to him/ her.

This biometric system has already been introduced in two railway zones on an experiment basis. If it would be successful, it can also be extended to other zones and subsequently in the entire rail reservation system.

Sources said that the drawbacks of this biometric system is being ascertained on a pilot project basis so that it would be rectified later on and can be made a full-proof system. After this, once this system is in proper place, there won’t be any further delay in implementing it.

In the festive season of Durga Puja and Diwali last year, the agents had taken the railways into a tizzy when they purchased tickets on their whims and fancies and forced the real travelers to bite the dust.

At that time, these agents racket was busted not only at the railway counters but also from the website of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). After this, the railways have also taken several steps to unearth these rackets. Since then, a time gap of two hours was made for purchasing the tickets whether it was for tatkal or for normal ticket bookings. The capacity of the server was increased to accommodate the increasing demands for tickets. As a result of which, the real ticket buyers’ difficulties have reduced.

Railways mulling to bring LHB in 1st Ac coaches

In order to lessen the accidents, the Railways is going to convert the coaches of the First Class in all the Mail/Express trains into Linke Hoffman Bush (LBH). If the new system is installed, the coaches will not collide with each other.

Such coaches have already been installed in luxurious trains like Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi. Now, they will be used in other trains too. First of all, northern railways will start it.      
Railways sources said that total of 100 coaches of First Class Air conditioned are in the express trains boarding from northern railways. Since the construction of one LHB coach costs Rs 1.5-2.0 crore, initially they are being set up only in air conditioned coaches. Later, all the coaches will be fitted with this technology.

It gives feeling of luxurious journey to the passengers. First of all, LHB coaches were built in Germany. In India, these coaches are being constructed at Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory.

JPN/ Bureau

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