: The earnings of Central Railway (CR) for 2017-18 from the Passenger Reservation System (PRS) increased by Rs 237 crore over the figures from 2016-17.
In the year 2017-18, the CR earned Rs.338 crore from the PRS, while the previous year it earned Rs.314 crore. Similarly, 5.64 crore passengers booked tickets through the PRS in 2017-18 while there were 5.33 crore and 5.10 crore such passengers in 2016-17 and 2015-16.
The Asian Age has accessed CR’s PRS and non-PRS data, according to which Rs.123 crore has been earned from non PRS in 2017-18, Rs.123.9 crore in 2016-17 and Rs.126 crore in 2015-16.
The numbers of passengers for Non-PRS have decreased despite the railways providing several incentives to passengers for booking tickets in the last three years. Non-PRS passengers touched 17,68,03,751 crore in 2017-18, 17,88,62,739 in 2016-17 and 18,29,90,444 in 2015-16.
Earlier in the month, the Railway board had decided to give five per cent additional recharge value to commuters in the Railways Wallet, so that they could book tickets from non PRS system, which will help railway to save not only man power but also paper.
The earnings of the Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) of CR have increased by eight crore. The earnings of the UTS are, Rs 211 crore in 2017-18, 210 crore in 2016-17 and 209 crore in 2015-16.