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.
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
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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.