Under the ‘Digital India’ programme, Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu is likely to launch a new platform named ‘JUMBO Bonanza of UTS on mobile’ on October 9. Passengers can download a mobile application called ‘UTS on mobile’, which would not only save time, but also avoid the usage of paper for tickets.
With this, Central Railway commuters can also cut down on long queues at ticket windows or ATVMs.
“On Friday, Prabhu will inaugurate the mobile app for passengers of the Central Railway division of Mumbai. It has already been launched in the Western Railway division of Mumbai from Churchgate to Dahanu. With add-on facilities for commuters, the new paperless mobile ticketing application UTS (Unreserved Ticketing System) will enable them to even renew their monthly passes on their mobiles,” said a CR official.
Commuters can avail paperless tickets for Mumbai suburban section; paperless season tickets on mobile phones on Central, Western and Northern Railway (New Delhi-Palwal Section); paperless platform tickets at CST, Dadar, Panvel, Thane and LTT on CR; Mumbai Central, Borivali, Andheri, Dadar, Vasai Road and Bandra on WR and New Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin on NR.
The passenger has to book the tickets on the mobile phone and print the ticket at ATVMs installed at the source stations.The passenger has to maintain a Railway Wallet (R-Wallet) to avail the facility.
The commuter needs to commence his journey within an hour after booking. To prevent digital forgery, the tickets will be having a distinct colour pattern. The booking time will also be printed on it along with a QR (Quick Response) code.
A commuter can book the ticket within a range of 30 metres to 2 km of a station. With the help of satellite (geo-fencing), a band on the sides of the tracks is marked to ensure that the ticket is not booked near the tracks. However, tickets can be booked before entering the station premises.
Tickets can neither be cancelled nor forwarded. This is done to ensure that commuters do not misuse the tickets.