In line with the gradual resumption of the train services being done over the South Central Railways, since the advent of the COVID-19 epidemic, the suburban transport service in the twin cities of Hyderabad – Secunderabad, i.e., MMTS services is being partially restored with effect from 23rd June 2021. These services were cancelled last year to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Due to the cancellation of the MMTS train services during March 2020, some of the season ticket holders having a valid tenure couldn’t utilize their tickets for the remaining period. To assist such ticket holders, Railway Board has extended the validity of all the season tickets to the extent of number of days lost, from the date of resumption of the train services i.e., 23rd June 2021. All such season tickets are eligible for extending the tenure with effect from 23rd June 2021 in proportion to the number of days lost i.e., in terms of the remaining tenure of the valid season tickets As such, passengers holding valid Season tickets (purchased either on App or at booking counters) should approach the booking counters at MMTS / Sub-urban stations to validate and extend their existing season tickets.
All avenues available for purchasing tickets – Extra benefits to go cash-less
Apart from the option of purchasing tickets at the Booking counters, all cash-less modes of purchasing MMTS tickets will be functional for the MMTS travelers. Further, to encourage passengers to opt for contact-less and Cash-less purchase of MMTS tickets, these cash-less modes of ticket purchases are also being given additional benefits as below:
· ATVMs (Automatic Ticket Vending Machines) are available at all major MMTS stations, wherein purchases can be done through Smart cards. Passengers booking tickets through ATVMs will get an additional benefit of 3% bonus purchases. Passengers wanting to opt for purchasing through ATVMS via Smart Cards or those Passengers wanting to extend their validity of their earlier Smart cards can get it done at any of the ticket booking counters at MMTS / Sub-urban stations.
· Passengers can also buy MMTS tickets through Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) mobile App (available for all Android, Windows and iOS based Smartphone users). This facility can be used for purchasing both journey tickets as well as season tickets. Here, passengers can get an additional 5% bonus in case they opt to pay via the R-Wallet available in the app.
Shri. Gajanan Mallya, General Manager, South Central Railway appealed to all MMTS rail users to avail both the facilities of extension of season tickets as well as Cash-less ticketing options to make their journey safer and hassle-free. He advised rail users to utilize digital mode for purchasing the MMTS tickets, in order to avoid overcrowding at general booking counters and also to reduce physical contact while purchasing the tickets.