After pioneering online ticketing, Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has recently rolled out the service of booking e-ticket over the mobile phone. According to official statement from Indian Railway more than a thousand users presently are availing this facility everyday. With the introduction of this service passengers are not required to carry ticket print-out and mere display of the message on mobile’s screen is sufficient during travel.
IRCTC’s Mobile Rail Ticket booking services have been launched last year and it is based on the web-services model developed by IRCTC in order to enable the users of Mobile Phones to access the web based rail ticket reservation and enquiry services similar to www.irctc.co.in.
After initial registration and downloading the genuine IRCTC software on the mobile handset with internet facility, passengers can book a reserve ticket through their mobile. After booking, the passenger will receive a reservation message with complete details of the ticket including PNR, Train No, date of journey, class and so on. This virtual message would be treated at par with the print-out of the e-ticket which at present is taken out by the passengers and known as Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS).
These mobile applications are functional on most of the GPRS/Browser based mobile phones, from basic model to high end ones and its application be downloaded on to the mobile handset. This software is provided by the respective service provider firms like NGPay, Paymate and Atom. In addition to that IRCTC is also likely to launch its mobile application shortly and the software will be downloadable from www.irctc.co.in.
To avail this service customers have to pay Rs. 10 and 20 for sleeper and other higher class along with applicable payment gateway charges.