Booking train ticket was never so easy in India as you can now get it done through your mobile phone. To bring further convenience to the rail users, the Indian Railway has started the service of booking e-ticket over the mobile phone. After initial registration and downloading of suitable software on the mobile handset with Internet facility, it will be possible for the mobile users to book a ticket through their own mobile phone.
According to an official release issued in New Delhi today, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation ( IRCTC), a PSU under Railway Ministry, has been offering the service of booking e-ticket over the mobile phone. After booking, the passenger will receive a reservation message with full details of the ticket including PNR, train no, date of journey and class. Now there is no need to wait in queues for hours at railway ticket booking counter to book your reservation tickets. Also this new technology will control rail reservation ticket dealers fraudulent.
“This virtual message would be treated at par with the print-out of the e-ticket which at present is taken out by the passengers and is known as Electronic Reservation Slip ( ERS),” he said.
Hence, with the virtual message, passengers would not be required to take a print-out of e-ticket to be carried with them. Showing the reservation message of the confirmed ticket on their mobile during travel will be sufficient. Internet is required on mobile phones to book tickets through mobile. This initiative can be treated as environment friendly movement of Indian Railways.
The passenger has to register at the time of first transaction and thereafter book the ticket using his ID and password.
The service was introduced on a pilot basis for a few and now the more than a thousand users are availing this facility everyday, he said.
The service charge is similar to e-tickets– Rs 10 for Sleeper class and Rs 20 for other higher class.