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Indian railways launch mobile booking

No more queues at a railway station for making a booking on Indian Railways.

Indian Railways have launched a mobile website that can be access from any basic mobile phone with GPRS.

IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp), which is Indian Railways’ online ticket booking system, now has a mobile companion website where you can book your tickets using your mobile phones.

“IRCTC mobile website is convenient and easy to use, and can be accessed from any browser enabled mobile having basic GPRS activated on phone,” says an IRCTC statement.

Not only will the mobile website allow users to enquire and book tickets, it will provide booking history.

Just like the main website, the mobile site also offers the ability to cancel any of the tickets booked.

Tickets can be bought using your credit/debit card for payment. Passengers can even check their PNR status on their mobile phones.

Passengers can use their existing IRCTC user id and password on mobile website and fill in details of travel.

You can also update your mobile number in IRCTC profile to receive SMS alerts for your ticket booking.

Taking full advantage of the digital technology, Indian Railways have also removed the need to print your e-ticket.

Virtual Reservation Message (VRM) – A screen-shot of the e-ticket displayed through laptops/palmtops/ Mobile phone is now accepted as proof of ticket by Indian Railways.

The VRM along with an ID proof in original and the indication of the passenger(s)’ name(s) in the Reservation Chart will authorize the passenger to travel, says Indian Railways website.

“VRM combined with valid photo-id in original will be treated as an instrument.”

VRM will also authorise the passenger to enter the platform on the day of journey and will not be required to purchase platform ticket.