Thursday, 15 January 2015

CHENNAI: In just a few days, commuters on Chennai’s suburban and MRTS routes will be able to book tickets on their mobile phones using an Android or Windows application.

The facility was recently launched on the Mumbai suburban route by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

After booking the ticket on the mobile, the ticket would have to be printed at the Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVM) or at the booking window.  As a pilot project, such special ATVMs would be kept at a few stations like Park, Fort, Tambaram and Mambalam when the service is launched in Chennai.

After downloading the application, utsonmobile - developed in-house by the Centre for Railway Information (CRIS) - on the mobile phone, the commuter will have to register his/her name, mobile number, city, default booking train type, class, ticket type, number of passengers and frequently travelled route.

A unique id and password would be given to each user post complete registration. After registration, a Railway wallet (R-Wallet) would be created, where the commuter would have to deposit some money, which would be debited every time a ticket is booked. Initially, the recharge facility for the R-wallet would be given only at booking windows, but in future it would be possible to recharge online on the website

Each time a ticket is booked, money would be debited from the R-wallet. After the ticket is booked, the commuter would get a text message on the registered mobile number containing the booking ID, using which the ticket would be printed at the ATVM kiosk.

Initially, only the facility of booking suburban tickets would be given, but would later be extended to booking and cancellation of unreserved tickets as well.

Source: New Indian Express


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