New Delhi: Passengers travelling in unreserved train coaches will no longer need to stand in long queues at railway counters to buy tickets, with the Railways set to launch a mobile application for booking tickets. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will on Wednesday launch the mobile application for paperless unreserved ticketing as a pilot project on the Egmore-Tambaram suburban section in Chennai through video conferencing. It will also be a green initiative.
After booking a ticket using the app, passengers need not print it out and can show the e-version if required. The facility is already available in the reserved category and will help millions who travel in general bogies. It will be available on cellphones running on Android and on Blackberry it will be available later. An individual can also renew season tickets using the app. Passengers may download the app from Google App store for Android-based phones. After the download, the user will get a registration ID for creation of a railway e-wallet. The money for buying the tickets has to be loaded through the e-wallet payment system either online or at a counter at any station. The e-wallet can be topped up at ticket counters or on the IRCTC website.