Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Union Minister of Railways during a function held at Rail Bhawan today i.e. 10.02.2016 launched three IT enabled projects through Video-Conferencing which included (i) Paperless unreserved ticketing through mobile phone in suburban section of South Central Railway (ii) Pilot Project of hand Held Terminals for TTEs on Northern Railway and (iii) E-booking of disposable linen on trains at New Delhi Railway Station and Nizamuddin Railway Station. In addition, Launch at Mumbai Central (BCT) and Chattarpati Shivaji Terminus (CSTM) was also announced on this occasion.
On this event, Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways was present as Guest of Honour. Chairman Railway Board Shri A. K. Mital, Member Traffic Mohd. Jamshed, Member Engineering Shri V. K. Gupta, Member Staff Shri Pradip, other Board Members and other Senior Officials were present. At New Delhi Station side Shri A. K. Puthia, General Manager, Northern Railways Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, MP, New Delhi Constituency and at Secunderabad (SCR) side Shri Ravinder Gupta, General Manager & other senior officials were present.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu stated that the Indian Railways is heading towards Digital India to bring transparency in Indian Railways and thus these there IT enabled applications have been launched. He said that Hand Held Terminals for TTEs will help in updating status of passenger list of the whole train. He stated that with the help of Hand held Terminals for TTEs, after all allotments, remaining vacant berths will be sent back to HHT Application Servers and can be viewed on PRS terminal as well as web site (indianrail.gov.in). Occupancy chart can be viewed on HHT device to dispense with the manual preparation of food-chart/occupancy chart.
He further stated that with the help of CRIS, Indian Railways has developed a paperless Unreserved Ticketing Mobile Application “UTSONMOBILE”. The application for paperless journey tickets was rolled out as a pilot project between Chennai Egmore & Tambaram suburban section of Southern Railway on 22.4.2015. It was subsequently extended to suburban section of Western Railway, Central Railway, New Delhi-Palwal section of Northern Railway and Kolkata suburban section of Eastern Railway. Today we have implemented Paperless unreserved ticketing through mobile phone in suburban section of South Central Railway
Introducing the Pilot Project of Personalised Takeaway E-Bedroll, Shri Suresh Prabhu said that the kit was earlier launched at Chennai and Trivandrum Station and this facility has also been extended at New Delhi and Hazarat Nizamudding Station for passengers which can either be booked through internet or at designated counters. He stated that Indian Railways is committed to provide best facilities to its passengers through Technology.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for railways stated that these three applications will not only improve passenger amenities but also bring transparency in berth allotment. He stated that Railway Ministry is working hard to improve passenger amenities and will soon bring some more passenger amenities.