GUWAHATI: Seeking to bring in greater transparency in the ticket-checking system on running train, Hand-Held Terminal (HTT) for onboard Train Ticket Examiners (TTEs) was launched recently in Indian Railways. Tinsukia Division became the first to introduce HHT over Northeast Frontier Railway. The first batch of TTE with HHT ran on 12423 Rajdhani Exp on December 16, 2018 from Dibrugarh, a press release said.
Gradually the service will be extended to all trains having reserved coaches. This tablet device which cost about Rs 25,000 per set allow the TTEs of a running train to send real-time information to the Passenger Reservation System (PRS) through GPRS and the vacant berth will be allotted to waitlisted passengers on subsequent stations, thereby increasing the chances of waitlisted and RAC ticket holder to get confirmed berths. It helps to make rail journey more enjoyable and hassle-free. With the help of Hand Held Terminals for TTEs, after all allotments is done, remaining vacant berths position will be sent back to HHT Application Servers and can be viewed on PRS terminal as well as website (indianrail.gov.in) and information of all waitlisted passengers will be sent to coaching refund system to get speedier refund and eliminate the preparation of manual Exception Data Reports (EDR). Occupancy chart can be viewed on HHT device to dispense with the manual preparation of food-chart / occupancy chart. This would help Indian Railways to better utilize its capacity in case a passenger fails to board the train or cancel his/her ticket before the preparation of the chart. The initiative is environment-friendly and will save tons of paper and manpower which is currently being used for chart printing at every location. Handing over of manually printed passenger chart to next batch of TTEs of a running train will also be dispensed with, the release added.