Indian railways have launched a mobile app for paperless ticketing for unreserved category. Commuters of Indian railways can now use a mobile phone App to get tickets in the unreserved category as the Indian railways takes forward its initiative for paperless ticketing from today. "We are launching a mobile-based paperless unreserved ticketing application today," said a senior Railway Ministry official. When the ticket is bought using the App, a commuter need not take a print-out of the same and can show its soft copy on the cellphone to the ticket checker on the train.
The paperless ticketing system would also save time for passengers as it allows them to avoid lining up at the ticket window. You can 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. Passengers have the option of topping up the e-wallet at ticket counters or on the Indian Railways (IRCTC) website using a credit or debit card. You can even renew season tickets using the App. Mobile app will be a great help for commuters in the unreserved ticketing segment and also for season ticket holders.
App-based ticketing system was experimented in the Mumbai suburban sector on a pilot basis and found very successful. The App will be available for cellphones running on the Android operating systems. Railways initiative in this regard is an indication that railway is going to be utilizing the latest and modern technology for the convenience of the rail users. This step will definitely benefit the user’s great extent. Adoption of latest technology will improve the efficiency of Indian railways and make it more user friendly.