Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Travelling is becoming more convenient for train passengers. Railways Minister has unveiled a couple of services that will cut down the travel woes, particularly of long distance travellers.
1) Hand held terminals for TTE: Started with the Northern Railways, Travelling Ticket Examiners (TTEs) have been provided hand held terminals, which will speed up the exchange of information between TTE and the main server, and cut down the waiting time for passengers travelling on RAC tickets
The hand held terminal will help TTE in downloading information through GPRS, updating the chart on vacant seats, collecting excess fare, penalty and other charges, issuing printed receipt to the passenger. The device is expected to make the operations of TTE transparent and reduce any possibility of corruption.
2) E-Bed roll service. The Railway Ministry started a service of e-Bedroll that allows passengers to avail bedroll kits through online booking and from over the counter at select outlets set up by the IRCTC on the stations. The minister launched the service last week in Chennai Railway station, which is now available in New Delhi Railway station as well as Hazrat Nizam-uddin Railways station.
Passengers can avail this facility by paying Rs 140 for two bed sheets and a pillow and Rs 110 for a blanket, or pay Rs 250 and purchase all together.
3) 'Utsonmobile’ app for booking journey tickets, season tickets and platform tickets: The Railways has launched the application for booking unreserved tickets on many suburban lines and some long distance routes.
So far, the app can be used for buying unreserved tickets at any station in Secunderabad, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.
The app called ‘utsonmobile’ is supported by Android and Windows operating systems and is available on Google Play Store and Windows Store.
Currently, the app will permit booking for journey tickets, season tickets and platform tickets. So far, the bookings for platform ticket is allowed for some selected stations only.No advance ticket booking is allowed, and the date of journey will have to be the current date.