New Delhi: The Indian Railways is introducing the hand-held terminal (HHT) - which enables booking vacant seats after departure - on more trains. Also referred to as the 'hanging terminal', HHT facility is currently available on Rajdhani and Shatabdi services only.
HHT is carried by travelling ticket examiners (TTEs) on trains. Seats and berths remaining vacant even after a train departs from a station could be made available in the centralized reservation system with HHT. This would enable passengers in the subsequent stations to reserve these seats on running trains.
With the device, TTEs can also allot berths for passengers holding RAC (reservation against cancellation) tickets and confirmed tickets to waitlisted passengers.
“The HHT facility is being expanded to make the reservation system more transparent,” said a Railway official.
At present, 550 HHTs are functional on Rajdhani and Shatabdi Expresses. In addition, 10,000 terminals have now been supplied to various railway zones in the country and they would be introduced in premium services such as Jan Shatabdi, Sampark Kranti, Hamsafar, Vande Bharat and Garib Rath, along with some superfast trains in the first phase.
HHTs would be available on 36 trains under Southern Railway, including Kozhikode-Thiruvananthapuram Jan Shatabdi and Ernakulam-Patna Superfast.