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Now, book train tickets through mobile phone


Keeping in mind the high mobile phone penetration in India,
the railways Friday launched an SMS-based ticketing system
aimed at improving customer convenience.
Launching the service, being run as a pilot project,
Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said
it will also help the transporter deal with
the touts who fleece the passengers.
"This service will be particularly useful for labourers
and workers staying away from their homes and who have to
book tickets to travel to their native place," said Kharge,
adding: "While internet access in India is only about
10 per cent, more than 80 per cent people
in the country use mobile phones."
Online booking of tickets is now around 45 percent of total
reserved tickets and has eased the rush at booking counters, he said.
However, the real test of the service will be
payment options available on the mobile phone
as users will have to get an account opened
through a bank or an agency approved
by the Reserve Bank of India, said officials.
Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal said the service
will be improved further with provision of
more payment options, a user-friendly interface
and value added services like alerts and updates.
He said payment through mobile phones was
still evolving and banks are working on providing
a safe, secured and quick payment mechanism.
As the payment options mature and users get accustomed
to SMS based booking, it has the potential of overtaking
bookings through internet as well as the booking counters, he said.
--Indo-Asian News Service aag/vd/vm
2013-06-28-19:30:23 (IANS)

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