Railways to introduce a paid travel info service

The Indian Railways would be shortly coming out with a paid 138 inquiry number along with the present free 139 number service. Presently by dialing or sending a SMS on 139, one can receive some basic information.

VERY SOON, one would be able to know full details and information about any train journey by just dialing a number or sending a SMS. Moreover, once can also book a taxi or a hotel room through this service. However, a fee will be charged for this premium service.

The Indian Railways would be shortly coming out with a paid 138 inquiry number along with the present free 139 number service. Presently by dialing or sending a SMS on 139, one can get the basic information like the arrival and departure of the trains, PNR and also the tentative arrival time if a train is delayed.

The soon to be launched paid service of 138 number will help commuters find out their seat number, the platform at which the train will arrive and the position of their coach. People can also book hotels, taxis and tours and also get information on the railway timetable. In Delhi, travelers are already booking taxis on the 139 number, a service that will be later shifted to 138. For availing this service one needs to register and pay a fee.

Registration of the 138 number service can be done on line as well as through the mobile.

Rakesh Tandon, MD, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) said that the 139 service has been overloaded with inquiries and it was almost impossible to start any new services on the same number. So it was decided to start the 138 service and also have tie-ups with network providers. He further added that by March 2010, all the control rooms are expected to be computerised , thus making it more user friendly and providing more specific informations about delayed trains.

IRCTC has also decided to start an AC chartered train from Mumbai to Jammu and back after getting immense success of the low cost non air conditioned Bharat Darshan special tourist train. The Mumbai Jammu train will be a 13-night, 14 day trip and will include both religious as well as sight seeing spots including Vaishnodevi and Amarnath.The IRCTC has also chosen 600 locations across the country where contractors deposit garbage generated on trains, thus focusing of keeping the trains cleaner. The project was started in 2007 and 600 points have already been nominated.

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