Pune: The Pune railway division has received a good response from passengers travelling on Pune-Lonavla section to the paperless initiative by making unreserved tickets available for suburban stations on the mobile phone.
Within only three months, 9,694 tickets were booked on the mobile app, which was launched in April this year.
According to the Pune railway division, around 1.12 lakh passengers travel between Pune and Lonavla daily and Railways earn Rs 13.10 lakh daily through the service. Hence, the railway administration has provided a new facility for suburban passengers.
Manoj Jhawar, Spokesperson of Pune Railway Division, said, “Now, passengers who travel between Pune and Lonavla as well as Mumbai, will not have to stand in long queues at ticket windows as the new app provides relief to them. And the app is easy to install from Google Play Store.”
According to official records, Central Railway (CR) registered a 175 per cent increase in the number of mobile tickets sold in June 2018 as compared to April 2017.
“The booking of tickets on the app is very simple. Passengers are able to book tickets within 2-km radius from the railway station, station building or railway track. During the checking of tickets, passengers can show the image of the ticket received on their mobile phone. Also, passengers can show their ticket without having an Internet connection through the ‘show ticket option’. The ticket will not be transferred to any other passenger and it cannot be cancelled,” Jhawar said.
The ticket can be booked by registration, R-wallet and book ticket. For registration, passengers have to give details of their mobile phone number followed by name, gender, date of birth, ID card number, city etc. They get the login ID and password via SMS. Similarly, for R-wallet, passengers must use R-wallet option to make the payment. R-wallet can be recharged on UTS counters or online IRCTC’s common payment gateway utsonmobile.indian.rail.gov.in.
“Railways has held many workshops and seminars to increase the use of the mobile app for booking tickets,” Jhawar said.
Pune to Nizamuddin Express renamed
Pune to Nizamuddin AC Superfast Express will now be known as Darshan Express after the Ministry of Railways renamed it. Train number 12493 Pune-Nizamuddin-Pune AC Superfast Express departs from Pune at 5.15 am on every Sunday. It reaches Nizamuddin every Monday at 5.35 am. Similarly, train number 12494 departs from Nizamuddin every Friday at 9.35 pm and arrives in Pune next day at 9.25 pm.