Rail­ways launches 3 IT based pas­sen­ger amenity projects

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Rail­way Min­is­ter Suresh Prab­hakar Prabhu on Wed­nes­day launched three pas­sen­ger amenity projects to pro­vide the next gen­er­a­tion of pa­per­less tick­ets and alert sys­tems.

The three projects namely NGeT ( next gen­er­a­tion e-tick­et­ing) for Hindi web­site, pa­per­less un­re­served t i ck­et­ing through mo­bile phones for Mum­bai sub­ur­ban and des­ti­na­tion SMS-based alert ser­vice for Ra­jd­hani and Duronto trains were launched here at the Rail Bhawan.

“To­day with the launch of a new ser­vice por­tal for book­ing e-Tick­ets in Hindi for rail­way pas­sen­gers, an im­por­tant bud­get com­mit­ment,” the min­is­ter said.

Re­fer­ring to the pa­per­less ticket, the min­is­ter cited that the con­cept has suc­cess­fully worked in Chen­nai sub­r­ban rail­way net­work and now it has been launched in Mum­bai.

Sim­i­larly, des­ti­na­tion alert in Ra­jd­hani and Du­ranto trains which has been launched to­day are very use­ful ser­vices for the pas­sen­gers.

The min­is­ter pointed-out that all the new in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy (IT) ini­tia­tives are in-line with the dig­i­tal In­dia cam­paign.

Rail­way Board Chair­man A. K. Mi­tal elab­o­rated that within 132 days of the rail­way bud­get, 64 com­mit­ments made un­der it have been met.

Mi­tal in­formed that af­ter the Hindi web­site ser­vices, the rail­ways can start to cater pas­sen­gers us­ing other lan­guages soon.

Ac­cord­ing to the r ail­ways, t he NGeT ini­tia­tive will help in pro­mot­ing e- tick­et­ing ser­vice through IRCTC (In­dian Rail­way Cater­ing and Tourism Cor­po­ra­tion) web­site.

Whereas, pa­per­less un­re­served t i ck­et­ing through mo­bile phones will elim­i­nate the need for print­ing un­re­served tick­ets.

The pa­per­less un­re­served tick­et­ing ser­vice is be­ing rolled-out on the Church­gate – Dha­nuroad sub­ur­ban sec­tion cov­er­ing 35 sta­tions over 123 kms.

The des­ti­na­tion alert ser­vice is a free val­ueadded ser­vice to the trav­el­ling pas­sen­gers to alert them about ar­rival of the train at their re­spec­tive des­ti­na­tions.

“It is tar­geted to­wards all pas­sen­gers whose des­ti­na­tion comes at night. This ser­vice in­volves send­ing an SMS to a pas­sen­ger 15 min­utes be­fore the train is ex­pected to reach des­ti­na­tion dur­ing night hours,” the rail­ways was quoted in a state­ment.

The state­ment added that the pas­sen­gers are re­quired to pro­vide their mo­bile num­ber at the time of book­ing to re­ceive this ser­vice.

Rail­way Min­is­ter Suresh Prab­hakar Prabhu

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