Hyderabad: Kacheguda railway station is all set to become the first digital payments-enabled station of South Central Railway.
Now on, one need not fumble with change for a newspaper or a packaged water bottle as the facility of digital payment will be introduced on Monday. Passengers can use debit/credit cards or digital payment services such as PayTm and SBI Buddy.
South Central Railway (SCR) provided point of Sale (PoS) machines at all computerised reservation counters, newspaper stalls, canteens, refreshment counters and parking lots at Kacheguda railway station to make payments digital.
The ambitious initiative, which is a first of its kind in SCR zone, will be launched by SCR General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav to encourage digital transactions by railway users.
“Recently, Andhra Bank authorities allotted e-PoS machines to all of us on the platform and asked to make even Rs 1 through digital payment if required,” said Yogesh Yadav, a refreshment stall vendor on Platform No. 1 of the railway station. He said that after demonetization, all vendors started to accept payments through Paytm. The cordless machines will also be used at automatic ticket vending machines (ATVMs).
“It will be a potential game changer in the history of Indian railways. Soon the initiative will be extended to all major railway stations,” said the SCR spokesperson. The official also said with help of Andhra Bank, they provided PoS machines to 30 vendors at the station.