From today onwards rail commuters will be able to use a mobile app to obtain tickets in the unreserved category as the Indian railways takes forward its initiative for paperless ticketing. “We are launching a mobile-based paperless unreserved ticketing application today,” said a senior Railway Ministry official. Also Read - Best Vodafone-idea (Vi) prepaid plans under Rs 100: List of plans, unlimited data, voice calls, more
Having booked a ticket using the App, a commuter need not take a print-out of the same and can show its soft copy on the phone to the TTE. Apart from being a green initiative, the paperless ticketing system would also save time for passengers as it allows them to avoid lining up at the ticket window. Also Read - Amazon Great Freedom Festival sale to kick off on August 5: Deals, discounts and offers
As per the plan, one may download the App from the Google App store for Android-based mobile phones. After the download, the user will get a registration ID number for creation of a railway e-wallet. Money for buying tickets will have to be loaded through the e-wallet mobile payment system either online or at a ticket counter at any station. Also Read - How to record a Zoom video call for free: In 5 simple steps
Passengers have the option of topping up the e-wallet at ticket counters or on the IRCTC website using a credit or debit card, the official said. Besides booking tickets, one can even renew season tickets using the App, which the official said will be a great help for commuters in the unreserved ticketing segment.
The app-based ticketing system was tried out in the Mumbai suburban sector on a pilot basis. The app will be available for smartphones running on Android, while an app for BlackBerry will be available later.