Days are not far when you can actually book, pay for, obtain and validate tickets from any location and at any time using mobile phones. With IRCTC all set to launch its SMS-based ticketing next month i.e. July, you can book your railway tickets by just sending an SMS to a dedicated number, reports PTI.
HOW TO BOOK A TICKET VIA SMS:
The process of booking is simple, said the official wherein the passenger has to type the train number, destination, journey date, and class and passenger details like name, age and gender on the SMS box and send it to the dedicated number (will be announced soon). “The sender will receive transaction ID and then make payment through sending another SMS by typing PAY followed by the transaction ID, MMID (Mobile Money Identifier) as received from the bank and password, said the official adding “with this the passenger’s ticket is booked.”
The passengers don’t have to carry the printout of ticket because the ticketing message will be considered as valid during the journey.One will be charged Rs 3 per SMS and payment gateway charges are Rs. 5 for ticket amount upto Rs 5000 and Rs 10 for more than Rs 5000.
Given that mobile users in India are on a rise, this latest initiative is expected to improve overall experience of ticketing for the consumer.