New Delhi: Even after spending crores on the project, the Automatic Ticket Vending Machine (ATVM) has not been able to yield the desired results as an average of 1, 000 tickets are being sold from it in a day.

In a bid to end the long queues at the general booking counters, the Railways had installed 70 ATVMs across 19 stations in Delhi zone.

After developing these machines, the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) had made facility for passengers who could avail monthly seasonal tickets and local train tickets.

Almost one year has passed but due to lack of information and publicity the machines have been reduced to mere showpieces at the stations.

As per the data from the railways, only 900 smart cards were sold from 19 stations of the Delhi zone in September.

Around 30, 000 tickets and three monthly season tickets were sold from these cards. The ATVM machines have been able to yield revenue of Rs 18 lakh only.

The Railway officials claim in hush tone that around 800 tickets are sold during one shift from the New Delhi booking counters and booking clerks sell 2, 400 tickets in three shifts. This clearly indicates the poor performance of the ATVM project.

Divisional Rail Manager, Delhi Zone, Ashwani Lohani said that the ATVM is a fruitful project that saves time of passengers.

“There is a need to publicise this facility and will definitely prove beneficial for the passengers in coming months,” he added.

(JPN/Bureau)