People have to stand in line at overcrowded counters selling journey tickets
ERODE: The most difficult task in Erode Railway Station is perhaps getting a platform ticket.
With no vending machine, one is forced to depend on the two open ticket counters, which overflow with passengers availing of open tickets for regular journeys.
In the evenings it is particularly bad with the crowd so long that to get a platform ticket, one has to join the queue outside the station and wait for at least half-an-hour to reach the counter.
This in turn inconveniences platform ticket seekers as well as open ticket buyers, as the latter are in quite a bit of a hurry to get their tickets as soon as possible and rush board the train to their destination.
The platform vending machine, installed about six months ago, has in the past four months been out of work.
Sources at the Erode Railway Station say that the machine is under repair.
Given this set of circumstances, most visitors to the station take the easy route out.
They simply get onto the platform without going to the trouble of purchasing platform tickets.
Making things easy for them are ticket checkers, who most often are not to be found checking platform tickets.
Asked for his response to this issue, a senior officer, on conditions of anonymity, says that when the new computerised reservation counters are opened by November 15, the matter would be sorted out satisfactorily.
In addition to this, he promises that there will be an exclusive counter vending platform tickets.