New Delhi, Jan 11: The Railway Ministry on Tuesday unveiled a new ticketing App, IRCTC Rail Connect, in a bid to facilitate faster and easier booking of train tickets. The new mobile-based application will replace the old existing IRCTC connect app. The new App will be equipped with the latest technology. If reports are to be believed, booking of tatkal tickets, ladies quota, current reservation and premium tatkal quota booking can also be made with the help of this App.

“Currently e-ticketing system caters to over 10 lakh passengers daily (comprising 58% of total reserved passengers). And to increase the ease to users, a new Android-based mobile application for reserved booking IRCTC Rail Connect has been developed,” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu told IANS. The new App also sports features like advanced security of self-assigned PIN (Personal identification number) which will ease the process of login as then, entering of the username and password on each login will not be required.

“The new application has features like 24/7 service with no time-based checks, synchronisation of mobile app with NGET (Next Generation e-Ticketing) for ticket booking and simple and easy user interface,” Prabhu further added.

Train ticket bookings are currently handled by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Limited. To make things easier for the passengers, the authority has synchronised the new App, IRCTC Rail Connect, with its website. With the help of this App, travellers will be able to search and book train tickets. The travellers can make the payments for the tickets through e-wallets such as Paytm and Mobikwik. The government, time and again, has been promoting the usage of Paytm in a bid to build up a cashless Indian economy.

The App will also ease out the process of checking existing reservations or cancel them for the passengers. As per the IRCTC press release, the travellers will also be updated with the upcoming journey alerts in the new application.

The ministry will also explore the advertising potential of this app for extra revenue through corporate tie ups with hotels, cab aggregators and other such utility companies.

Reportedly, the app will also be linked to cab aggregators such as Uber and Ola so as to help the passengers in booking cabs as well.

Rail Connect App features:

– One step login to existing users
– Upcoming Journey Alerts
– New Users, register from App directly
– Retains recently added passenger details
– View and Cancel tickets
– Search and Book train tickets