Major hike in ticket booking through UTS app

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 30 May 2019

Pune Railway Division has recorded a 980 per cent increase in the sale of tickets and 920 per cent rise in the revenue 

Pune: The Pune Railway Division has achieved a new record for implementing the Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) mobile app service. 

The division has recorded a 980 per cent increase in ticket sales through the app. It also generated a revenue of Rs 5.77 lakh, which is a whopping 920 per cent rise.

The service was started in April 2018 for suburban stations. 

On October 12, 2018, the service was implemented at all stations under the Pune Railway Division.
In April last year, 4,099 passengers booked their ticket through UTS and railway earned a revenue of Rs 56,578. 
This year, in the same period, 44,266 passengers booked tickets and railway earned Rs 5.77 lakh.

“Passengers travelling between Pune and Lonavla as well as to Mumbai do not need to stand in long queues at ticket windows. The new mobile app helps in saving time. The booking of tickets on the app is very simple. 

Passengers can book tickets within 2 km radius of the Pune railway station. During the ticket checking, they can show their tickets without having an internet connection through the show ticket option,” said acting spokesperson of Pune Railway Division Sanjay Kumar.

“The Commercial Department of the division launched a public awareness campaign on a regular basis. The use of the mobile app and booking the tickets got a good response from passengers,” added Sanjay Kumar.

After achieving the new record, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Milind Deuskar also appreciated the staff of the Commercial Department including Karan Singh, M Murli, SV Sona and the staff working at Pune, Akurdi, Chinchwad, Khadki, Kasarwadi, Shivajinagar and Talegaon stations.

Options for booking ticket
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 the R-wallet option to make payment. R-wallet can be recharged on UTS counters or online IRCTC’s common payment gateway

Mega block
The Railways is conducting technical work between Daund and Solapur stations. The work will end on July 10. Due to this, a mega block will be implemented on every Saturday and Sunday from June 1. The Railways decided to cancel few trains on Saturday and Sunday including train number 12169/70 Pune-Solapur-Pune Intercity Express will be cancelled between June 1 to 7, train number 71414/15 DEMU runs between Solapur and Pune will be cancelled till July 10 on every Saturday and Sunday. Similarly, train number 17013/14 Pune-Hyderabad-Pune Express will be cancelled between Pune and Kurduwadi from June 1 to July 6. This train will arrive and depart from Kurduwadi.

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