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Western Railway plans biometric system for booking tickets

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Mumbai: In a bid to check touts’ interference, the Western Railway has decided to install biometric system for booking tickets at all important stations.

The system is being implemented in Mumbai on a pilot basis, Western Railway Chief Public Relations Officer Sharatchandra Yaan said.

Loopholes observed will be rectified and then it will be implemented in other stations. “We don’t want touts take advantage of the new system and so have introduced it on a pilot basis. We want to make the biometric system foolproof,” he added.

The system will prevent touts from booking multiple train tickets or multiple tickets in one train. A person will have to give his thumb impression while booking a ticket. Once the person’s identity is registered in the system, he can’t book a ticket from the PRS (passenger reservation system) more than twice a day.

—ENN

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