Udaipur : In a bid to promote cashless transactions, North Western Railway (NWR) has introduced point-of-sale (PoS) machines for passenger reservation system (PRS) counters at 10 railway stations. Minister of State(I/C) for Communication and Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha inaugurated the first POS device at PRS Counter at the city railway station here on Monday. The facility was simultaneously launched at Ajmer which is the only A-1 category station under Ajmer division, ‘A’ type stations at Abu Road, Bhilwara, Falna, Rani, Marwar and three ‘B’ type stations including Mavli, Beawar and Vijaynagar. “ In the second phase, the POS facility will be extended for unreserved counters and parcel and goods locations” Punit Chavla, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Ajmer said. He saidthe Railways have entered into an arrangement with State Bank of India for providing card swipe machines. This will help enhance cashless transactions and reduce the risks of carrying large amount in their wallet during journey. “ We will be organizing seminars for vender and passengers to educate about the cashless facility. This will also improve Digital Literacy & will help in financial inclusion for the people of Udaipur city” Chawla said. On the occasion, the railway minister also inaugurated the ‘Wi-Fi’ facility at the city station. This has been commissioned by Ajmer division in association with RailTel and Google.
Udaipur is the third city in Rajasthan after Jaipur & Ajmer where Wi-Fi has been launched. 18 Access points, 10 Access Switches, 03 Fibre Switches &3 Fibre Racks have been provided, with each Access Point having the capacity to connect with 70 passengers. Udaipur station deals about 14,000 passengers daily (inwards & outwards) and around 51 lakhs 10 Thousand passengers would benefit of this service in a year. “ A total bandwidth of 1 GB has been provided, further the facility would be commissioned at Bhilwara, Marwar Jn., Rani, Falna and Abu Road stations of Ajmer division. A water vending machine was also inaugurated on the occasion. Passengers would benefit of RO water at a low cost of 5 rupees per liter or 1 rupee per glass. This would also reduce the use of plastic bottles at the station premises and create a greener and cleaner environment, officials said.