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Send an SMS to book a train ticket; IRCTC to launch service in July

Press Trust of India
Jun 12, 2013 at 07:27am IST

New Delhi: Come July and you can book your train ticket by sending an SMS. Keeping an eye on the growing mobile phone market in India, IRCTC will launch SMS-based ticketing from July 1 and a dedicated number will be announced soon for this.

Describing the step as environment-friendly as no print-out is required, a senior IRCTC official said "mobile- based booking provides the users ease and convenience of booking tickets from anywhere and anytime. There will be no requirement of a printout because the ticketing message will be considered as valid during the journey."

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As per the requirement, one has to register the mobile number with IRCTC as well as one's bank. The Bank provides MMID (Mobile Money Identifier) and OTP (one time password) for authorisation of payment.

Send an SMS to book a train ticket; IRCTC to launch service in July

The charges for SMS-based ticketing include Rs 3 per SMS and Rs 5 to Rs 10 for the payment gateway.

The official said SMS booking is very simple as a passenger has to type the train number, destination, journey date, class and passenger details such as name, age and gender on the SMS box.

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"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, said the official adding "with this the passenger's ticket is booked."

The service is available to all mobile subscribers and Rs 3 is being charged per SMS and payment gateway charges are Rs 5 for ticket amount upto Rs 5,000 and Rs 10 for more than Rs 5,000.

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