Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday inaugurated a mobile ticketing system for suburban railways at Dadar station and said he would soon meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to discuss a proposal on utilising Bombay Port Trust (BPT) land for the expansion of Harbour Line of the suburban railways.
“Out of 2.7 crore people who use railways daily, 75 to 80 lakh commuters are in Mumbai alone. We need to focus on providing the commuters better service using technology,” Prabhu said.
The minister said that 90 crore people in the country used mobile phones and the endeavour of the railways was to ensure that technology was used to make travel simpler.
Under mobile ticketing system, an application needs to be downloaded for smartphones. After registration, a unique login ID and password are given, along with an R-wallet with zero balance. As of now, this R-wallet can only be recharged at Dadar station. The facility will soon be extended to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Kurla, Thane and Kalyan stations and later to other stations in a phased manner.
The railway minister also inaugurated a new parcel management system at Mumbai Central station. While buying the first ticket (Dadar to Khar Road) through the mobile ticketing system, Prabhu said process for modification of this system was under way so that tickets could be booked on mobile, much like reservation tickets.