10 February 2016

Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Railways launches “Mobile App for Paperless Unreserved Tickets” on Suburban (MMTS) section in Twin Cities

 Marking the fulfillment of a budget promise, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Railways launched a “Mobile Application for Paperless Unreserved Tickets” meant for rail commuters o­n Suburban (MMTS) section in the twin cities of Hyderabad & Secunderabad, through Remote Video Link from New Delhi today i.e., 10th February, 2016. This launch is yet another step forward of Indian Railways in its endeavor to serve suburban rail users better.  
The launch function was simultaneously held at Secunderabad Railway Station at which Shri V.Hanumantha Rao, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) was the distinguished  Guest of Honour. Shri Ravindra Gupta, General Manager; Shri Anil Kumar Gupta, Additional General Manager; Shri M.Papi Reddy, Chief Commercial Manager, Shri Ashesh Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager, Secunderabad Division; Smt Aruna Singh, Divisional Railway Manager, Hyderabad Division, SCR; Shri Ravi Valluri, Chief General Manager, Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS), Secunderabad were amongst the Railway Officials present.
Addressing the gathering before the launch, Sri Ravindra Gupta, General Manager, SCR highlighted the focus accorded o­n the zone towards IT enabled initiatives, with a view to provide better services to the passengers. The launch of the new App for paperless ticketing is another step ahead in this direction, he averred. Elaborating o­n the salient features of the App, The General Manager informed that this will facilitate ease of booking for passengers, avoids cash transactions, reflects green technology without the use of paper, offers convenience of round the clock ticketing and takes away the worry of losing the Rail ticket.  
Going o­n to detail the use of IT towards affording convenience to rail users in the twin cities, Sri Ravindra Gupta stated that,  the ticketing process has been streamlined to a significant extent with the installation of 70 ATVMs(Automatic Ticket Vending Machines) covering all MMTS stations, including 12 ATVMs which are both cash and smart card based. GPS/ GPRS based LED display monitors installed in MMTS trains and Stations provide actual running status of MMTS trains and enable auto announcements. User friendly mobile Apps HYLITES to disseminate live status of MMTS trains o­n run and RISSTA for strengthening security cover of MMTS passengers have become immensely popular, the GM added.
Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister of Railways who addressed the gathering from the Conference Hall, Railway Board, New Delhi after launching the mobile app, stated that Indian Railways is taking several measures towards ensuring a comfortable travel to rail users, Keeping the requirements of various sections of rail commuters in view. The mobile app for unreserved ticketing in the suburban MMTS sections of Falaknuma-Lingampalli, Hyderabad-Falaknuma and Lingampalli-Hyderabad in Hyderabad city, follows the launch of the facility in four other metros of New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata & Chennai earlier, he stated. The plans of Indian Railways lay stress to extend these sort of innovative measures to cover more areas o­n its network.
Along with the launch of “Mobile Application for Paperless Unreserved Tickets” meant for rail commuters o­n Suburban (MMTS) section in the twin cities of Hyderabad & Secunderabad today, the Hon’ble Minister of Railways also launched hand held terminals for TTEs o­n Northern Railway and E-booking of bed rolls at New Delhi & Hazrat Nizamuddin Stations.        
            Shri Manoj Sinha, Hon’ble Minister of State for Railways also spoke. Shri A.K.Mital, Chairman Railway Board, was amongst the Officials present at New Delhi.
Salient features of  “Mobile App for Paperless Unreserved Tickets”on Suburban (MMTS) section in Hyderabad City:-
            Paperless Mobile Tickets is an initiative taken by Indian Railways to provide seamless ticketing facility for Suburban Rail users through smart phones and to achieve its objective of Paperless tickets.
ÜUnreserved Paperless Mobile Ticketing supports Android & Windows Operating System which is made available in Google Play stores and Windows stores respectively

ÜOnce the application is downloaded and installed, passenger has to register his/her mobile number through smart phone or by visiting http://www.utsonmobile.indianrail.gov.in

ÜPassenger has to recharge R-wallet to start booking tickets.

ÜR-wallet recharge can o­nly done in multiples of Rs.100/- subject to a maximum of Rs.5000/-.

ÜRecharge of R-wallet can be done at all UTS booking counters over Indian Railways or by visiting http://www.utsonmobile.indianrail.gov.inthrough Internet Banking.

ÜBooking of tickets is allowed o­nly beyond 15 mts from the Station/ Railway track.  The booking of journey tickets is allowed within the radius of 5 km of the journey commencing station and for the Platform tickets upto a distance of 2 km from the journey station.  However, for booking/renewal of season Tickets there is no such restriction.

ÜSuburban (MMTS) Journey tickets, Season Tickets and Platform Tickets can be booked using this application.  Renewal of Season Tickets can be done 10 days in advance.

ÜPassenger has to just follow below steps to book a paperless mobile ticket.

ØLogin into the application.

ØAfter successful login, “Book Ticket” option has to be selected.

ØIn the next screen,  “Normal Booking” option has to be selected.

ØDetails concerning ‘from station’ and ‘to station’ for which the ticket has to be booked should be entered and “done” option clicked.

ØIn this screen,  the number of adult/child passengers, class and train type has to be selected.  The ticket type and payment type will be selected by default as “JOURNEY (J)” and “R WALLET”.

ØThe next screen will show the details entered, ticket fare and Wallet balance (current balance). If the details entered are correct, “Book Ticket” option has to be selected.

ØThis will lead to the next screen where the booked ticket details will be shown.

ÜOnce registered the Paperless Unreserved Mobile Ticketing App can be utilised for booking Unreserved tickets at Secunderabad/Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata.

ÜTo check the legitimacy of the Paperless Tickets booked by the passengers, TTE’s are provided with a Mobile TTE App.