Indian railways to start SMS based ticket booking system from July


New Delhi/June 18
Come July and passengers can book railway tickets through SMSs as Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will launch pilot project for booking tickets through non-internet based mobile phones.
IRCTC has taken the initiative for people who don’t have internet access on their mobile phones and such consumers can now easily access Railway ticketing services through SMS/IVRS/USSD.
“The scheme is user-friendly, secure and also eco-friendly as no print out is required,” an Indian Railway ministry spokesperson said, adding that after the launch e-ticketing system, Indian Railways has started this this passenger-friendly initiative.
“Railways ministry had made a Budget announcement regarding launch of ticketing through mobile phones in the Railway Budget and the main objective is to tap the potential of mobile phone market in India and thereby facilitating the common man by providing him any-where any-time and hassle free booking option,” said the spokesperson, adding that this scheme will become operation from July 1.
The spokesperson said that Indian Railways will issue a dedicated number on which SMS can be sent and there will not be any need of internet access at any stage for booking, payment, cancellation purposes.
“To avail this facility, a person has to register the mobile number with IRCTC as well as his bank after which the bank will issue one time password for authorization of payment. Further, the passenger will have to type the train number, destination, journey date, class and passenger details like name, age and gender on the SMS box,” the spokesperson added.
After going the procedure, the sender will receive transaction ID and then make payment through sending another SMS by typing PAY followed by the transaction ID, MMID as received from the bank and password. On successful booking of ticket, message will be sent to the user by IRCTC which will suffice as valid authority to o travel along with photo ID card in original, he added.

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