Railways launches SMS-based ticket booking facility

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 29 2013, 09:12am hrs
Railways minister Mallikarjun Kharge launched an SMS-based ticketing system on Friday.

Ticket booking through non-internet based mobile has been introduced as a pilot project by Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a public sector undertaking under the ministry of railways.

The user will have to get a mobile money account opened from his/her bank or mobile money providing agencies approved by the Reserve Bank of India. The bank will provide MMID (Mobile Money Identifier) and OTP (one-time password) for authorisation of payment.

IRCTC has tied-up with over 26 major banks for this facility. The service will be available to all mobile subscribers and R3 will be charged per SMS, while the payment gateway charges are R 5.

One has to type the ticket and passenger details as SMS and send it to the number 139. The customer will then receive a transaction ID. Finally, one has to make the payment by sending another SMS by typing PAY followed by the transaction ID, MMID and OTP as received from the bank. The service is directly available on Airtel money for Airtel subscribers

There will also be a dial-in option. Users can enter the details of the ticket and enter mobile PIN for authorising payment through mobile wallet.