statesman news service             
NEW DELHI, 17 JUNE: Moving forward from the passenger-friendly e-ticketing initiative, the Railways from next month, will be launching a pilot project of ticket booking through non-internet-based mobile phones.   
The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a public sector undertaking of the ministry of railways, will be launching the project.  
This will enable people using non-Internet-based mobile phones to easily access railway ticketing services through SMS/IVRS/USSD. The scheme is user-friendly, secure and eco-friendly, as no printout is required.  
The railway minister had made an announcement on the launch of ticketing through mobile phones in the Railway Budget this year.  
There will be a dedicated number on which text messages can be sent, which in turn would eliminate need of Internet at any stage ~ booking, payment, cancellation.
However, one will need to register the mobile number as well as one&’s bank account and one time password issued by it with the IRCTC for authorisation of payment.  The passenger has to type the train number, destination, journey date, class and passenger details like name, age and gender on the SMS box.  
The sender will receive transaction ID and then make payment through sending another SMS by typing PAY followed by the transaction ID, MMID as received from the bank and password.  
On successful booking of a ticket, a message will be sent to the user by IRCTC which will suffice as valid authority to travel along with a photo ID card in original.  
Cancellation of tickets can also be done through the cancellation option.  
The scheme is on a pilot basis and will not be available during the 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for booking ARP/Tatkal/general tickets.

IRCTC&’s pilot project will enable people using non-Internet-based mobile phones to easily access railway ticketing services. The scheme is user-friendly, secure and eco-friendly, as no printout is required