Some days ago, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy had released a statement saying that the Union Railway Ministry had taken the call to resume the MMTS train services
in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad after a gap of almost a year.
In line with the gradual resumption of various other train services by the South Central Railways (SCR), the local train service in the twin cities will also be partially restored with effect from tomorrow, June 23. Passengers will be able to buy tickets through all cash-less modes. Further, to encourage passengers to opt for contact-less and cash-less ticketing modes, those booking their tickets through these modes will be given additional benefits.
Due to the cancellation of the local train services in March last year, many season ticket holders were unable to utilise their passes fully. For the benefit of such ticket holders, the Railway Board has decided to extend the validity of all the season passes to cover the number of "lost days".
Therefore, the validity of the season tickets purchased before the first lockdown will be extended in proportion with the number of unused days, and pass-holders will be eligible to extend the tenure of their passes from tomorrow. The passengers holding valid passes can approach the booking counters at the MMTS stations to extend the validity of the same.
Meanwhile, before the resumption of the MMTS services, SCR General Manager Gajanan Mallya has appealed to all the MMTs rail users to avail themselves of both the facility of extending the validity of season tickets as well as the cash-less ticketing options to make their journeys safe and hassle-free.
He has also advised passengers to utilise digital ticket booking modes in order to avoid overcrowding at general booking counters and to reduce physical contact while purchasing tickets to ensure their safety amidst the ongoing pandemic.