Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday announced an integrated mobile application for passengers. In a ‘mini railway budget’ presented at the National Rail Museum, Prabhu released the transporters business plan for the year. During the event, he showed the business plan for Railways which contained information on initiatives regarding the transformation of ticketing business and new products. Prabhu also divulged plans on how online ticketing system will be made Aadhaar based, thereby ending many issues rising through impersonators and frauds. He also said that Railways in moving towards a cashless system, by installing thousands of Point-of-Sale as well as automatic vending machines. Notably, Prabhu also announced that Railways will launch an integrated ticketing application for smartphones with and aim to promote cashless transactions. Here’s all you need to know about the new travelling app.
1. The Railways will unveil the integrated mobile application for all travel-related services, including ticketing, hiring taxis and porters.
2. While there are many mobile applications which help consumers to book tickets, taxis, e-catering and other such services, the integrated app will be covering almost all of them at one place.
3. The app is part of the non-fare revenue scheme being undertaken by the Railways through scaling up of e-commerce activities to earn additional revenue.
4. The application will make the journey, from tickets bookings to taxi rides, hassle-free. The app will use affiliate sale partnership model to make available services and products needed by passengers.
5. The app will be able to generate non-fare revenues by scaling up of e-commerce activities for Railways. It will generate non-fare revenue by utilising passenger-related data available with the Railways.
6. The mobile app will be launched in May.
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7. The application will help passengers to book reserved as well as unreserved tickets. Additionally, there will be the option of buying season tickets and platform tickets too.
8. There will be a common registration and payment account for all types of ticketing.
9. Expanding the mobile application for unreserved ticketing at all non-suburban stations would help in reducing queues at ticket booking counters.
10. It will also eliminate the use of paper tickets and promote digital payment.