Karaikudi and Manaparai stations to get ATMs soon

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INstant cash: The Collector, R. Palaniyandi, inaugurating an ATM at Tuticorin railway station on Wednesday.
INstant cash: The Collector, R. Palaniyandi, inaugurating an ATM at Tuticorin railway station on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

41 more places to get the facility in Madurai railway division

Tuticorin: The Collector, R. Palaniyandi, inaugurated an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) centre established by the railways in association with the State Bank of India at the Tuticorin railway station, here on Wednesday.

The Divisional Railway Manager (Madurai), Hemant Kumar, said that the railways would establish two more ATMs in Madurai division with the support of SBI, at Manaparai and Karaikudi railway stations, before the end of the current fiscal. With that, the total number of ATMs set up in association with SBI in the division would go up to 10.

He said that during the second phase of the project, railways had planned to establish 41 more ATMs in association with various other nationalised banks at as many number of railway stations in Madurai division.

Of them, 20 would be set up with Canara Bank, 7 with Indian Bank, 8 with Bank of Baroda, 3 with Indian Overseas Bank, 2 with Syndicate Bank and one with Uco Bank.

Ticketing kiosk

Mr. Kumar said that an e-ticketing kiosk would be opened at Tuticorin railway station shortly, adjacent to the ATM centre.

According to him, road over-bridges would be constructed at railway gates number 1 and 2 on a cost sharing basis with the State Government to ease the traffic congestion in the town. As part of beautification of Tuticorin railway station, a green belt would be established on the premises. Likewise, the yard at the station would be remodelled and entrance to the station would be widened.

Passbook printer

E. Lakshmanan, Assistant General Manager (Operations), SBI, said that the bank plans to introduce passbook printers at all ATM centres in the State shortly. “This will help the customers to get their passbooks updated without visiting their respective bank branches,,” he said.

Mr. Lakshmanan said that average hits at the bank’s ATMs located under Chennai circle a day stood at 388.

The Divisional Commercial Manager and the Divisional Engineer of Railways, A Sundar and Robert Rajasekaran, and the Chief Manager of SBI, P Jagathisan, were present.

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