Soon, book your season ticket from cellphone

Written By Unknown on Senin, 25 November 2013 | 22.23

MUMBAI: Suburban commuters will be able to buy season tickets through mobile phones as the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) plans to embark on a project to reduce queues at booking offices.

The Indian Railways' information & technology arm had come up with a proposal to use mobile phones to buy tickets but it failed to take off over fears that it would lead to revenue loss.

A senior MRVC official said, "The technology is not useful for card tickets as a person traveling to CST will buy a ticket through his phone only on reaching Masjid. Usually, there is no checking inside trains. He may buy the ticket from Masjid to show he is a bona fide traveler if caught by a TC at CST."

The official said, "The system can work like the e-ticketing one of Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation. The commuter can book a season ticket through a debit card or online banking. On completion of the transaction, the commuters will get a confirmation SMS or mail, that can be used as a valid ticket."

The official said the interface will have to be developed by the vendor and approved by the board. He said that if the project gets through, there will be applications developed on various phone-operating systems. Various measures, including introduction of smart card-operated automated ticket vending machines (ATVM) and coupon validating machines

have failed to shorten queues at booking windows. A Western Railway official said this system will also reduce ticketless travel.

WR sells nearly 6.54 lakh tickets daily, of which 40,000 are season tickets; it is 10 lakh tickets daily, of which 55,000 are season tickets for Central Railway.

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