Aug 14, 2013

ICICI customers can book rail tickes through SMS

ICICI Bank customers can book rail tickets from IRCTC by sending two SMSs. The cost of the ticket will be directly debited from the customer's savings account, said a press release from the bank.

For booking the ticket, customers whose mobile numbers are registered with ICICI Bank and IRCTC have to send an SMS to 139, for booking the ticket. The SMS should start with 'Book' and must mention the train number, home city, destination, travel date, class and details of the passengers like name, age and gender.

Then the customer will receive a message with details of transaction, amount (ticket amount +IRCTC service charge) and seat availability.

Once you receive the details, then send another SMS to 139 for the payment of the ticket. It should mention 'Pay' and mention details like transaction id as received, last six digits of your ICICI Bank account number, IRCTC user ID. Then you will receive the final confirmation message, which will have details such as PNR number, ticket number, booking status, class, amount, names of boarding and destination station, date of journey and scheduled departure.

The bank is offering the service in association with Bharat BPO services, a part of the Spice Digital Group.

Rajiv Sabharwal, Executive Director, ICICI Bank Limited, said: "This service is a welcome addition to our wide array of mobile-based services. It provides a convenient way to book rail tickets without using internet."

एक दिन में रिकॉर्ड 5.04 लाख ई-टिकट बुक

नई दिल्ली। इंडियन रेलवे कैटरिंग एंड टूरिज्म कॉरपोरेशन [आइआरसीटीसी] ने सोमवार, 12 अगस्त को रिकार्ड पांच लाख से अधिक रेल ई-टिकट बुक किए। इससे पहले, इसी वर्ष एक मार्च को एक दिन में सर्वाधिक टिकट बुक कराए जाने का रिकॉर्ड था, जो अब टूट गया है।

आइआरसीटीसी के वरिष्ठ अधिकारी ने कहा कि निगम ने सोमवार को 5.04 लाख ई-टिकट बुक किए। इससे पहले इसी वर्ष एक मार्च को 5.02 लाख ई-टिकट बुक किए गए थे। अधिकारी ने कहा कि 2012-13 के दौरान सामान्य तौर पर प्रतिदिन 3.85 लाख ई-टिकट बुक किया जाता है हालांकि अब यह संख्या 4.30 लाख तक पहुंच गई हैं।

हाल ही में आइआरसीटीसी ने वेबसाइट की क्षमता बढ़ाने के लिए करोड़ों रुपये खर्च किए हैं। अधिकारी ने कहा कि इससे ई-टिकटों की बुकिंग में वृद्धि की उम्मीद हैं।

‘Sticking to deadlines is priority’

Adhering to project deadlines and throwing open Namma Metro stretches as scheduled is his priority, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) managing director Pradeep Singh Kharola has said.

He listed maintaining transparency in the working of the corporation, ensuring safety of workers and adhering to fixed standards of quality too as priorities as well.

He was speaking to presspersons after assuming charge here on Monday. On complaints of severe inconvenience to road users along Namma Metro worksites, Mr. Kharola said he would address the issue and also discuss it with the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike.

He sought more time to understand the functioning of the corporation. He added that people should be made aware about the technical and engineering challenges of Metro, and steps would be taken to facilitate this soon.

Wall between Bhopal, Habibganj stations soon

Bhopal, Aug. 12 -- As part of the plan to protect railway tracks and prevent encroachments on its property, rail authorities have decided to construct a 7km-long wall between Bhopal railway station andHabibganj railway station at a cost R1.5 crore.

Commandant of Railway Protection Force (RPF), Bhopal Vijay Khatarkar said, "A wall would be constructed on both sides of the tracks between Habibganj and Bhopal railway stations.

It will help to protect railway properties and prevent several untoward incidents. The budget for the project has been sanctioned and work is expected to start soon.

The wall would first be constructed in areas which are considered security threats," he said.

Recently, 20-year-old Poonam Soni was run over by a train while crossing the track near Kasturba Nagar.

Several people cross the railway tracks daily between Habibganj and Bhopal railway stations especially near Kasturba Nagar, Rachana Nagar, Subhash Railway crossing, Barkhedi and Aishbagh. At numerous occasions, they are run over by approaching trains. The RPF has failed to put an end to this menace.

Often, anti-social elements put stones, iron rods and electric poles on the tracks. "Once the wall is constructed, anti-social elements would not be able to sabotage the tracks.

It would also help the RPF to protect railway properties," a senior railway official said.

Several slums have come up adjacent to the railway tracks near Subhash railway crossing, Barkhedi and other areas. The shanties have even covered the railway signals as a result train drivers face problems while crossing this section.

"If the wall, which is estimated to be 6ft-tall, is constructed from both sides, the people would not able to develop shanties near the railway track," said Vijay Khatarkar.

However, railway sources said as of now with the first phase of construction, the railway authorities will not meddle with the existing encroachments but will carry on the work at places which are still under the possession of the railways.

Bharti Airtel ties up with IRCTC for railway bookings

Bharti Airtel has tied up with Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to offer railway bookings through airtel Money in Upper North comprising Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

"Our integration with IRCTC for reserved ticketing is a step to empower our customers specifically beyond the urban footprint with the convenience of booking tickets without the need of holding a bank account or an Internet connection," Airtel CEO-Upper North Sarang Kanade said in a release here.

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IRCTC mobile bookings through airtel Money service works across all mobile devices, does not involve any data or SMS charges. It uses a simple USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) technology that prompts users with interactive and guided menu options towards booking tickets, he said.

Through this service, customers can not only make ticket bookings but also search for stations, trains, availability, PNR enquiry, cancellation etc, he added.

अब ट्रेनों में मिलेगा क्वालिटी फूड!

दिल्ली-जयपुर व दिल्ली जोधपुर रेल मार्ग की ट्रेनों में बेहतरीन खाना उपलब्ध करवाने की कोशिशें तेज हो गई हैं। रविवार से दिल्ली-जयपुर डबल डेकर ट्रेन से इसकी शुरुआत की गई। इस ट्रेन में उपलब्ध फूड पैकेट पर उसकी पूरी डिटेल दी जा रही है।
क्या हुए बदलाव
एनडब्ल्यूआर से मिली जानकारी के अनुसार रेलवे ने दिल्ली-जयपुर डबल डेकर के कैटरर के साथ मिलकर फूड पैकेट पर कई अहम जानकारियां डलवाई हैं। इनमें फूड पैकेट पर न सिर्फ उसके बनने की डेट बल्कि उसके बनने का समय, पैक होने का समय, उसमें क्या सामग्री है और कितनी सामग्री है की डिटेल भी दी गई है। इसके साथ ही बेस्ट बिफोर का टैग भी इन फूड पैकेट पर लगाया गया है।
क्यों पड़ी जरूरत
रेलवे क ी खान-पान व्यवस्था हमेशा ही विवादों में रही है। पैसेंजर भी इसे लेकर कई बार शिकायत कर चुके हैं। इसे लेकर प्रदर्शन भी हो चुके हैं। एनडब्ल्यूआर से मिली जानकारी के अनुसार पैसेंजर लगातार खराब खाने की शिकायतें कर रहे थे। इस बात को लेकर कई बार ट्रेन के कू्र के साथ पैसेंजरों की बहस भी हुई है। इन वजहों से यह बदलाव किए गए हैं। अधिकारियों के अनुसार इन टैग के फूड पैकेट पर लगे होने से कैटरर यात्रियों को खराब या बासा खाना नहीं दे सकेंगे। पैसेंजर को भी पता रहेगा कि उन्हें जो खाना दिया गया है वह ताजा है या नहीं।

एनडब्ल्यूआर के मुख्य जनसंपर्क अधिकारी तरुण जैन का कहना है कि डबल डेकर ट्रेन में यह सुविधा शुरू कर दी गई है। यात्रियों का रिस्पॉन्स लिया जा रहा है। इसे लेकर सरप्राइज चेकिंग भी की जा रही है। इसके बाद इसी रूट की आश्रम एक्सपे्रस, मंडोल एक्सपे्रस में यह सर्विस शुरू की जाएगी। इसके अलावा जयपुर-मुंबई दूरंतो, जयपुर-मुंबई सुपरफास्ट, जोधपुर-हावड़ा सुपरफास्ट ट्रेनों में भी यह सर्विस जल्द शुरू होगी। 
SOURCE -navbharattimes

No platform ticket at Delhi railway stations till Independence Day

New Delhi: No platform tickets will be sold at New Delhi, Nizamuddin and Old Delhi railway stations from today till August 15 due to security reasons on account of the Independence Day.

However, platform tickets will be sold on demand to senior citizens, physically challenged and patients, said a senior Northern Railway official.

He said tickets would also be provided to ladies travelling alone or with children.

The railways had earlier decided to stop the movement of trains between Old Delhi and Shahadara on the morning of August 15 in view of the Independence Day function at the nearby Red Fort.





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