Mumbai : The public amenities announced in the budget from e-ticketing to battery-operated wheel cars for the disabled are nothing but remnants from the previous budget.

The initiative to almost triple the e-ticketing capacity from 2,000 to 7,200 tickets per minute was announced in the previous budget, which the IRCTC is still struggling to implement. The IRCTC is working on improving the ticketing capacity per minute of its website. At present the IRCTC witnesses on an average 3,000 to 4,000 tickets per minute. While the objective to build a system which can book 7,200 tickets at any given point is still being worked upon.

The new government has promised state-of-the-art facilities at 10 major stations of the country while the promise made in the previous budget to have Adarsh stations are still being worked out.

The cash coin operated ticket vending machine was announced in the last budget, however, only one

prototype is implemented at CST station. Railways

are still working to simplify the functions of the cash-cum- coin operated machines.

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