Two bodies of the Tamil Nadu government, MTC and Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL), have started work on a common ticketing system for both their utilities in Chennai. However, the operator running suburban trains, the second biggest public transport mode in the city and its suburbs, Southern Railway is nowhere in the picture.
his is despite Southern Railway being one of the first and the most keen body to bring in the common ticketing system. Sources said a couple of years ago, there were vigorous discussions with state government bodies. However, there was stiff resistance to the system from within the railways itself.
Railway sources said the accounts department raised questions about the accrual of the money from the common ticketing card into the railway account and its proportion.
For instance, if a commuter uses bus, metro and suburban train, the accounts department wanted to know how much would be credited to the railway account. Read More