New Delhi: In a huge relief to passengers, the Indian Railways launched the UTS mobile app on Thursday. With this, booking unreserved tickets online will become an easy task as the waiting in long queues to buy tickets at railway stations will now be a thing of the past. Also Read - Railway Coaches Being Converted Into Isolation Wards | This is What it Looks Like
The move comes a day after the Railways announced scrapping its flexi-fare system in 15 premium trains in which the occupancy is less than 50 per cent throughout the year. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had also announced a discount in the scheme in 32 other trains during lean periods when occupancy dips to 50-75 per cent. Flexi fares was also reduced from 1.5 to 1.4 times the base ticket fare in 101 trains. Also Read - Please Don't Rush: Railways Relaxes Train Cancellation Refund Rules From 3 Days to 3 Months
Notably, the UTS mobile app was started four years ago. However, it failed to catch on among passengers except in Mumbai, where it was first launched because a large number of people travel in locals. Following Mumbai, the service began in Delhi-Palwal and Chennai city. Also Read - Passenger Train Services Suspended Till March 31 Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
As of now railway has already implemented the UTS mobile app scheme in 15 of its zones with the Northereast Frontier Railway and West Central Railway being the remaining two zones. The scheme is also open for those who want to buy tickets for travelling long distance.
“We have been trying to engage people to encourage them to use the UTS mobile application more and more. The numbers are growing and we are hopeful that once passengers understand the benefits of this app, they will buy their tickets online. With certain zones not being a part of the app, a lot of passengers were unable to use it. Any station intersecting these zones was left out of the app. From November 1, it will be available across India,” a senior railways official was quoted as saying in a PTI report.
To make use of the application, a passenger need to be around 25-30 metres away from the station. Furthermore, only four tickets can be booked through the app by one person at a time. On the app, a registered user can not only buy tickets, but also platform tickets and monthly passes.
The app has witnessed over 45 lakh registered users in the last four years, with around 87,000 tickets being bought per day on it on average. The Railways earns around Rs 45 lakh per day through the online sale of such unreserved tickets.