In a sign of the mobile times, public telephone booths at stations are no longer a ‘minimum essential amenity’ for passengers with the railways adding universal charging points and nursing stations to the list instead, officials said. The Railways Ministry has cited lack of patronage for doing away with telephone booths, once a necessity and now redundant with almost every passenger using a mobile phone. Instead, the national transporter has added universal charging points, nursing stations and even fly catching machines to the ‘minimum essential amenity’ list issued to all zonal railways in April, officials said.
The list is provided at each category station on the basis of projected traffic or earnings. Public telephone booths have been in use since the late 19th century when there were no phones at home or mobile phones. However, with the advent of technology, most such booths have either shut down or have expanded to sell other goods. Read More
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