Indian Railways commuters travelling between New Delhi and Palwal in Haryana can now buy unreserved tickets using their mobile phones by just downloading an App.
This initiative, which will become operational from next month, is a part of efforts to make unreserved tickets paperless and save the commuters from the trouble of standing in queues to buy an unreserved tickets.
Under the initiative, a commuter using Android or Windows smartphone can access the Unreserved Ticketing system (UTS) application.
With the ticket booked through the UTS application, a commuter can travel ticketless to any desired destination on the 52-km Delhi-Palwal section. The commuter just has to show the booking details on the mobile, a railway official said.
The ticket can be purchased using debit or credit card.
There are about 15 stations between Delhi and Palwal including Nizamuddin, Tughalakabad, Faridabad and Ballabgarh which will be all covered under the paperless ticketing system for local travellors, the official added.
Developed by Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) on mobile the paperless unreserved ticketing feature in mobile application aims to eliminate the need for printing of unreserved tickets.
The App, which is for both Android and Windows platforms, can be downloaded from Google Play Store or Windows Store and used by the user.
The application provides necessary on-screen alerts to guide the passenger during the booking process.
However, ticket windows will also be made available for passengers despite the operation of paperless mobile ticket system in the suburban section.
Such an initiative is already being tried on Egmore-Tambram suburban section in Chennai and Churchgate-Dahanu section in Mumbai and Delhi-Palwal will be the first in the north zone.
It was a budget proposal to provide paperless tickets in unreserved segment and we have to implement it in all suburban sections across the country, the official said.