The Indian Railways has now decided to offer train tickets printed in Odia language for the welfare of passengers traveling to and from Odisha. According to news reports and a press release issued by the Railways, the new tickets to be printed in Odia language apart from Hindi and English. The Odia printed tickets will be available from April 1 on the occasion of Utkal Divas at 317 stations in Odisha under the jurisdictions of East Coast Railway, South Eastern Railway & South East Central Railway.
The train tickets having Odia script would be applicable for Unreserved Tickets bought manually from the Railway counters in Odisha. The Railways has taken the new passenger-friendly initiative with the help of technical support from CRIS, Kolkata.
According to reports, the East Coast Railway has prepared a database of more than 8000 station names in Odia Script to match with the vernacular name of the station as per the local language of that particular area.
This will help the people of the State who used to face problems with reading English & Hindi languages on train tickets and who did not know if they had the right tickets or their intended originating and destination stations, as well as class of travel and train type, are correct or not.
Earlier Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had sought Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal’s intervention to explore the option of printing rail tickets in Odia.