Train passengers will be able to use their mobile phones to book tickets through a simple text-messaging-based facility or a menu-based dialling service from July 1. The two noninternet systems developed by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) can be used with even simple feature phones.
“The bookings can be made from anywhere and at any time in a secure manner,” a senior IRCTC official said.
In the menu-based dialling service, a system called unstructured supplementary data (USSD) is used where you have to dial the numbers on the menu offered. Payment is made through mobile wallet.
The IRCTC said that it has provided a simple user-guided menu to book tickets, search stations and check the availability of berths.
“A dedicated telephone number will soon be provided to carry out the transactions,” the official said.
Six berths or seats can be booked in a single transaction.
THE TWO OPTIONS
Register mobile no with IRCTC and your bank, which will provide Mobile Money Identifier (MMID) and one-time password (OTP)
Send this SMS to designated number: BOOK
You get transaction ID. To pay, send this SMS: PAY
USSD (MENU-BASED DIALLING)
Dial no, select ‘book tickets’ and ‘reservation’, enter details Enter mPIN for authorizing payment through mobile wallet You will get confirmation SMS