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Now, book rail tickets through cellphone

Now, raliway users can book their journey tickets through mobile phones. Ministry of railway's undertaking Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has introduced this service. The IRCTC has said that after an initial registration and downloading of suitable software on a mobile handset with internet facility, users would be able to book their tickets through the same.

A statement issued by the IRCTC said that the service is based on the web-services model in order to enable mobile phone users to access the web-based rail ticket reservation and enquiry services similar to The passenger who wishes to avail the service has to download the application software on the handset.

The application can be downloaded from the IRCTC website and also from various associates of IRCTC viz, NGPAY, ATOM and Paymate.
A passenger has to register at the time of first transaction and thereafter book the ticket using his ID and password. The application is functional on most of the GPRS/browser-based phones, the statement said.

After booking a ticket through, the passenger will receive a message with full details of the ticket including PNR, train number, date of journey, class etc. This virtual message would be treated at par with the print-out of the e-ticket which is used at present. Hence, passengers would not have to take print out, instead they have to show the ticket on the mobile phone.

The passenger is charged ticket fare, IRCTC service charge and agent service charge (Rs10 and Rs 20 as per class of tickets) and applicable payment gateway charges. The IRCTC has said it is likely launch its mobile application shortly and the software can be downloadable from More than a thousand users are presently availing the online facility everyday.

Hemant Tapale, the executive president of Pune-Mumbai Pravasi Sangh said the service would help passengers as they would not have to stand in queues for booking. Also, passengers going for last minute booking will benefit the most.

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