Vandalism of ATVMs on the rise in Mumbai

Mumbai: Around 15 Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVM) have been vandalised in the past six months on the Central Railway, with the latest incident reported at Chembur station where three ATVMs were vandalised late on Monday night.

Although CR officials have registered an FIR at Chembur police station, they said the cost to repair each machine is at least Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 every time it is damaged. Officials said that vandals mostly damage the ATVM screen, which is the costliestpart of the machines.

An official, on the condition of anonymity, said, “In the vandalism incident at Chembur, too, the usual modus operandi was used. Glue was plastered over the screen. Either paper is stuck on it or dirt or sand is thrown on the screen so commuters cannot see the options.”

Each ATVM machine has been procured at the cost of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.25 lakh and incur a cost as long as they are in operation. Vandalism is the reason manufacturers have refused to sign an Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC)