Date of Post : 20 July, 2017
New Delhi: The government informed Parliament that around 188 authorised private ticket reservation counters are functioning in the country. It is looking to increase the number of such centres.
The government is seeking more applications for running such centres (Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendras) from authorised ticketing agents with 5 years of experience, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said In a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
- To expand facilities for issue of tickets (both reserved & unreserved), the ministry has allowed public private partnership (PPP) in establishment & operation of computerised passenger reservation system-cum unreserved ticketing system terminals at these centres.
- Gohain said,“As per the scheme, all the authorised ticketing agents, who have worked for at least five years in providing Railway ticketing (reserved/ unreserved) services for passengers of Indian Railways are eligible to become YTSK licensee.”
Under The Policy
- Under the YTSK policy, agents have to pay a one-time, non-refundable registration fee of Rs Five lakh.
- Additionally, the licensees have to pay accessing charges at Rs 1.6 lakh a terminal every year to the passenger reservation system.
- This also involves a refundable security deposit or bank guarantee of Rs 2-5 lakh, which varies according to the number of terminals.