The long and irritating experience of booking train tickets through IRCTC maybe a thing of past, as Railways today launched the next generation e-ticketing system. This new system has an enhanced booking capacity of 7,200 tickets per minute, making the whole process much faster and easier.
“It was a rail budget commitment which was fulfilled today,” Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda said after launching the next generation e-ticketing system here. The new system developed by Centre for Railway information Systems (CRIS) with an estimated cost of Rs 180 crore would allow booking of 7,200 tickets per minute against 2,000 tickets in the old system. With the launch of the system, 120,000 concurrent users will be able to book e-tickets simultaneously, against the earlier capacity of 40,000 concurrent users at a time.
Expressing his happiness on the successful implementation of the faster e-ticketing system which was part of the rail Budget proposal, Gowda said “budget was presented two months and five days ago in Parliament, and today we are launching it.”
He hoped with this pace all budget proposals would be implemented before the next budget though only six months left for the next year budget. Besides e-ticketing, Gowda launched a series of IT-enabled initiatives for rail users including train enquiry mobile application and Go-India smart card. Online system like e-Demand and e-Diversion for freight service was also launched by Gowda booking wagons and making payment without going to counters.
“Railways is part and parcel of development. It is in the mind of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM said all operational part of railways should be covered through online system,” the Railway minister said. Emphasizing state-of-the-art solution in rail sector to bring about operational efficiency, Gowda said “I have envisaged hospital management information system for the railway staff.”
He also suggested education to children of railway staff through optic fiber cable network. Gowda also announced cash awards of Rs 5 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh for CRIS and IRCTC respectively for their commendable work.