New Delhi: The Government of India has recently announced a wide number of tech-based solutions in the new Railway Budget 2015-16, such as the development of multi-lingual e-ticketing portal, providing hand-held terminals to ticket examiners, express five minutes ticketing options, SMS alerts and free WiFi services in stations.
While presenting the Railway Budget on Thursday, The Railway minister Suresh Prabhu has announced the introduction of SMS alert service for the travelers. The new SMS alert service will allow the passengers to know about the arrival and departure timings of the train. The SMS alert would be sent 15 to 30 minutes in advance of arrival of train at the destination. Furthermore, the government will also implement the satellite railway terminals nearly in 10 selected stations of big cities and WiFi facility will be provided in 400 stations.
The Travelling Ticket Examiners (TTE) would be equipped with hand-held terminal for the purpose of verification of passengers and for downloading charts. The hand-held terminal system will help to move towards paperless ticketing and charting.
– Minister said.
“The paperless ticketing and charting will not only speed up the finalization of refund claims but will also help us in saving reams of papers.”
The Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu Said
During the Presentation of Railway Budget 2015-16 -
“We propose to introduce an SMS alert service to inform passengers in advance the updated arrival and departure of trains at starting or destination stations”
He Further Added.
“A centrally managed Railway Display Network is expected to be introduced in over 2,000 stations over the next two years which will aid in providing information on train arrival/departure, reservations, general and emergency messages and also any other information of interest to citizens.”
Railways are also exploring the possibility of extending the facilities of SMS on mobiles as a valid proof of travel for tickets as well. We have no confirmation when it might come into existence.