How to book rail tickets by SMS?

With an aim to reduce rush at the booking counters, the Indian Railways today launched SMS-based ticketing with two dedicated numbers – 139 and 5676714.

Ticket booking through non-internet based mobile, launched as a pilot project by Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), will also help the railways overcome the menace of touts.

Online booking of tickets is now around 45 percent of total reserved tickets and has eased the rush at booking counters.

Since the mobile penetration in india has increased rapidly and more than 80 per cent people have mobile phones, the new system will be helpful in enabling booking of tickets by people themselves.

How it works

For availing of this facility, register your mobile number with your bank. The bank will provide a mobile money Identifier (MMId) and one-time password (OTP) for authorization of payment. Then register with the IRCTC.

For booking a ticket SMS travel details to the dedicated numbers (139 or 5676714). It should include train number, date of journey, boarding station and destination and Class of travel, besides name, age and gender of the passenger.

On receiving the SMS, the IRCTC will send a transaction ID.

The passenger has to reply to the SMS with PAY followed by the transaction ID and the bank password (OTP). This confirms booking and the ticket amount will be deducted from your bank account.

On successful booking of ticket, a message will be sent to the user by IRCTC which will be sufficient as the valid travel document along with photo ID card in original.

A text message to the dedicated numbers enough and there will be no need for internet at any stage – booking, payment, cancellation etc.

The scheme will not be available during 8 am-12 pm for booking ARP/tatkal/general tickets.

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Season rly tickets get cheaper

Commuting by train has become cheaper for those living in the suburbs. The railways has launched a scheme from April 1 to issue annual and half-yearly season tickets. For commuters, this will imply greater convenience as they would no longer have to queue up at booking counters every month or after three months.

“Apart from the monthly and quarterly season tickets, annual and half-yearly ones have also been introduced. The monthly and quarterly season tickets allow cheap travel to commuters. The fares will get cheaper if commuters opt for half-yearly and annual season tickets,” an official said.

The minimum suburban fare is Rs 5. A commuter paying Rs 85 for a monthly season ticket today would be paying Rs 918 for a yearly pass and Rs 459 for a half-yearly one. His one-way fare will come down to Rs 1.47.

“It will be a one-time investment for a commuter,” another official said.

Commuters feel these season tickets should be printed on better stationery since the existing tickets are flimsy.

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Now, separate form for tatkal bookings to check misuse

Stepping up efforts to check misuse of tatkal bookings, Railways today said a separate reservation form for passengers booking tickets under this scheme will be introduced soon.

The pink colour form has to be filled up by the passenger at the booking counters providing details of his/her address, contact number and ID.

At present a single requisition form is available for booking both normal and tatkal tickets.

The form also carries a set of warnings including deboarding at the next station, imposition of fine or imprisonment as per provisions of Railway Act if address and other details furnished are found to be false.

Announcing the move, GM Northern Railway V K Gupta said more than five lakh multiple personal IDs and 44,000 IDs created by agents have been deactivated since February 2011 by the IT anti-fraud team of IRCTC as part of efforts to check misuse of ticketing service.

Opening time of tatkal booking was changed from 8 am to 10 am earlier this year.

Gupta said 62 pairs of special trains would be run this festive season to clear the rush of passengers.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made in major city stations with augmentation of workforce and ensuring proper crowd management, he said.

The arrangements also include timely placements of the rake at the platform and keeping a check on elements cornering seats in coaches.

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