Tiruchy rail­way junc­tion goes dig­i­tal

Sunday Express - - SUNDAY STORY - HAR­ISH MURALI @Tiruchy

All the cater­ers and vend­ing staff in the di­vi­sion were briefed about the tech­nol­ogy, who in turn are mak­ing the pas­sen­gers know the ad­van­tages of the pay­ment through the QR code. Af­ter the suc­cess of the QR codes dur­ing de­mon­eti­sa­tion by var­i­ous small ki­rana shops, the use of the same even for small pay­ments was mooted

Se­nior rail­ways of­fi­cial

THE Tiruchy rail­way junc­tion has aimed to go com­pletely cash­less by pro­vid­ing all the cater­ing staff, vendors at the junc­tion and all the shops with Quick Re­sponse Codes. A pas­sen­ger can just take out his smart­phone and scan the QR code placed on the vendors’ uni­forms to carry out the trans­ac­tion.

All staff at the junc­tion are cur­rently made to wear badges of Paytm with QR codes, al­low­ing pas­sen­gers to make trans­ac­tions even for as low as `10.

Ac­cord­ing to rail­way of­fi­cials, the sys­tem was mooted by Tiruchy Di­vi­sional au­thor­i­ties af­ter Rail­ways de­cided to go com­pletely dig­i­tal. A to­tal of 90 cater­ing vendors at­tached to the cell kitchens and other eater­ies are now walk­ing with Quick Re­sponse Codes at­tached to their uni­forms.

A se­nior rail­way of­fi­cial at­tached to the Cater­ing De­part­ment of Tiruchy rail­ways says, “All the cater­ers and vend­ing staff in the di­vi­sion were briefed about the tech­nol­ogy, who in turn are mak­ing the pas­sen­gers know the ad­van­tages of the pay­ment through the QR code. Af­ter the suc­cess of the QR codes dur­ing de­mon­eti­sa­tion by var­i­ous small ki­rana shops, the use of the same even for small pay­ments was mooted dur­ing a meet­ing by the rail­way au­thor­i­ties and is now be­ing im­ple­mented across the di­vi­sion.”

As a first, the rail­way au­thor­i­ties have brought it to the places of May­i­laduthu­rai, Than­javur and Tiruchy, where a to­tal of 90 cell kitchen staff at­tached to the eater­ies have adapted to the tech­nol­ogy.

The rail­way of­fi­cials also said the vendors are also made to look into the cus­tomers’ trans­ac­tions till they be­come suc­cess­ful as the mes­sages are re­ceived di­rectly by the par­ent com­pany. On an av­er­age, at least 20 trans­ac­tions are made daily through the Paytm QR codes, say rail­way of­fi­cials. The of­fi­cials brought the ex­clu­sively-made tags from a Ben­galuru-based com­pany in­volved in man­u­fac­tur­ing such tags.

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The Quick Re­sponse Code badge that is stuck to the uni­forms of vendors at the Tiruchy Junc­tion |

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