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Last updated: July 11, 2011 at 21:49 pm

Indian Railways launches Mobile Ticketing App – SMS will now serve as a ticket!

This is really a great news and something that will positively affect millions of train commuters in India – No more carrying printouts of your tickets or standing in a long queues in front of ticket window.

According to the news that appeared on IBN Live, Indian Railways have announced that it will soon be releasing a mobile application that will make it possible for commuters to book the tickets on mobile itself.  After the ‘m-ticket’ (mobile phone-based ticket) is booked, travellers will receive a ticket through SMS in 20 minutes. This SMS can then be furnished to ticket checker as a normal ticket along with your personal identification!

This mobile application will be part of the website – www.indianrailways.gov.in, which essentially offers all ticketing services like train alerts, PNR status, train status, seat availability, train schedule, time table and Ticket Fares.

I tried searching for the application on Indian Railways website and also visited the website via my mobile phone – however, I did not find any mention of launch of this new Mobile Application. Instead, the Indian Railways website gave me Malware errors !

I am assuming that the said mobile application will be GPRS based and will have payment gateway integrated in it. However, I am quite skeptical about how many users will be able to use it successfully. Their web experience itself leaves a lot to be desired. With mobile, I expect it to be even worse.

One thing though – I would be very happy if I am proved wrong as I will be one of the more frequent users of that app! Even if the app works half as well as it is supposed to, it will save time & effort of millions of Indian travellers!

Indian Railways are already chasing the Railway ticketing agents out of the system – With launch of this mobile app, I guess the door will forced shut for them.

We will do a detailed review of this Indian Railways app as soon as we get our hands on it, so stay tuned!

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  • […] made by IRCTC today – it is going to get even easier. In July last year, Indian Railways had announced launch of their Mobile ticket booking application, which I could not find at that time on any of the Indian Railways website. The announcement made […]

  • 1.how do i get mobile sms ticket of already booked ticket? 2.wil i get mobile sms ticket again once i hav received the sms but lost or deleted it? how?

  • Can any one pls tell me where is the link to download the app , i did not find it on the site :http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/.

  • We don’t need a mobile app for this. We just need a detailed sms for even booking from IRCTC website and a policy decision to accept this sms as ticket. Like they do in bus reservations in redbus.in

  • Very interesting post ARUN. Its nice to see common man get some power which puts them at ease.

  • I am not able to do the registration on that site this is very embarrassing 2- 3 hours still and and waiting for email which they sent for verification .The website is useless.I am very unhappy about the services given by Indian railways.

  • Very interesting Arun. The railways seems like an early adopter of tech. More power to them!

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