Suresh Prabhu inaugurates ATVM machines at Jodhpur

Jodhpur Jn (JU): Union Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu today inaugurated the facility of Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVM) at Jodhpur railway station.

Eleven ATVM machines, aimed at decongesting the ticket counters at the railway stations in these towns, have been set up at all the 4 rail division at Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer, and Bikaner along with an escalator at Jodhpur railway station.

Prabhu, while addressing the gathering at the railway station post-inauguration ceremony, said that for the first time, the central and state government of Rajasthan will be forming a joint company for the expansion of the rail facilitates and infrastructure.

“Dialogue has taken place with the state government regarding formation of a new company and now both the governments will work together for implementation of projects, elimination of rail related problems, expansion of rail facilities and network,” he said.

Underlining the tourist significance of the state, Prabhu said that a new tourism policy will be framed soon which will be aimed at harnessing state’s tourism potential.

However, issues like direct link between two tourist hot-spots of Jodhpur and Udaipur and freight corridor did not find any mentioning in his address.

Jodhpur-Udaipur rail link is a long pending demand.

Similarly, he did not say anything about the issues of Jodhpur bypass and Barmer-Jaisalmer direct link, which are of utmost strategic significance.

In absence of these routes, the army contingent and artillery has to move through a longer route.