Indian Railways to set up Passenger Reservation Centers at Post Offices across the Nation

At present, PRS counters are available at nearly 280 post offices all over India. Railways to also collaborate with India Post for improving Railway Mail Services. There are 1.54 lakh Post Offices across the country and is one of the largest Postal network in the world – even bigger than State Bank of India’s Branch network.

By March 2018, India Posts will also launch Payments Bank of the postal department. It’s going to be a game changer. There are 1.54 lakh Post Offices across the country and is one of the largest Postal network in the world. Even bigger than State Bank of India’s Branch network.

NEW DELHI: Now, booking a train ticket would soon be easier as the Indian Railways is preparing to set up Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counters at post offices across the country.

This was announced by Minister of State (MoS) for Railways Rajen Gohain in Rajya Sabha recently.

For opening PRS counters, the Indian Railways has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Department of Posts. At present, PRS counters are available at nearly 280 post offices all over India.

The announcement on setting up of more PRS counters came days after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his Union Budget 2018 speech on Thursday, announced a capital expenditure of Rs 1.48 lakh crore for the expansion and modernisation of the Indian Railways.

While stating that the safety of passengers remains a top priority for the government, Arun Jaitley said that all railways stations and trains will have Wi-Fi and CCTVs progressively.

Indian Railways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Department of Posts for setting up of Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counters at Post Offices.  PRS counters at Post offices are opened based on technical and commercial feasibility where there are no Railway Reservation Counters in nearby areas.

The State wise number of the Post Offices in which Passenger Reservation System counters are available is given below:-

STATE-WISE PRS COMMISSIONED AT POST OFFICES GIVEN BELOW

S.No. STATE No. S.No. STATE No.
1 ANDHRA PRADESH 24 17 MANIPUR 02
2 ARUNACHAL PRADESH 03 18 MEGHALAYA 02
3 ASSAM 10 19 MIZORAM 01
4 BIHAR 07 20 NAGALAND 00
5 CHHATISGARH 07 21 ODISHA 11
6 DELHI 03 22 PUDUCHERRY 00
7 GOA 01 23 PUNJAB 12
8 GUJARAT 18 24 RAJASTHAN 7
9 HARYANA 03 25 SIKKIM 00
10 HIMACHAL PRADESH 00 26 TAMILNADU 15
11 JAMMU KASHMIR 02 27 TELANGANA 24
12 JHARKHAND 09 28 TRIPURA 00
13 KARNATAKA 44 29 UTTAR PRADESH 23
14 KERALA 04 30 UTTARAKHAND 08
15 MADHYA PRADESH 06 31 WEST BENGAL 03
16 MAHARASHTRA 36

Online booking of reserved tickets on www.irctc.co.in has become very popular and about 65% of total reserved tickets are now booked online. The provision of PRS at post offices is a continuous activity based on the requirement and feasibility.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

Reminiscences: Indian Railways had a special version of the Meghdoot Post card printed on the topic of Railway Safety, depicting the mascot Bholu the elephant guard with a reminder in Hindi to look both ways and wait for trains to pass before crossing the railroad tracks. A level crossing is also shown with a train. These post cards were issued on 7th July, 2004.

 

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