Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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Get local train tickets on your mobile soon

Railways work on Plan to deliver JPEG images through new software, trial run on wr

Imagine a suburban railway ticket delivered to your mobile phone in an image format. The railways are working on an ambitious plan to turn this into reality. It will soon take a trial run of this project on Western Railway's suburban network.
"The project has been approved but a decision by the railway board to begin the trials is awaited," a top railway official said.
The railway board has asked the railway authorities to make the project financially viable and commuter-friendly for all types of mobiles phones.
The railway board had given its green signal to the suburban railway mobile ticketing project last year. However, it was not taken ahead as a few officials raised some queries about it.
"Many railway officials raised queries saying it would amount to discrimination of commuters if just Java-enabled mobiles were made mandatory for the project. They said that the system should work on all mobile phones," he said. The project suggested Java-enabled phones for smoother transaction of JPEG images.
"This delayed the process. But now we have decided to go ahead with the trials at least for Java-enabled phones, just to check its working and then develop it further."
An official working on the project said that it will be implemented for suburban and unreserved tickets. "One can simply call a number or send an SMS, make payment through the mobile and the ticket shall be sent on the cell phone. There is no need for any physical interaction or carrying a printed ticket."
A software for this project will enable a commuter to make a payment through a mobile. The money will be transferred to the service provider in a designated account. The service provider will transfer the money to the railways, which will mail the ticket on the phone number.

Rlys starts five-digit numbering for trains

From dec, '1' will have to be prefixed to train numbers while booking tickets

The union railway ministry has started so many new trains that it is running out of numbers to allocate them.
So far, trains used to be identified by four-digit numbers (2952 Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express). Now, an increase in the number of trains has forced the ministry to switch to a five-digit numbering system. The change will be effective from December.
A railway ministry circular said, "The five-digit numbering scheme has become necessary because the four-digit numbering scheme been exhausted. Besides, the ministry wants to bring in passenger and suburban trains within the ambit of the passenger reservation system." The ministry has asked the Centre for Railway Information Systems to update its software and implement the scheme.
The ministry operates at least 14,000 trains and handles 2 crore passengers daily. The need for new numbering comes in the context of the rising number of trains. In the last two budgets, more than 150 trains have been announced by railway minister Mamata Banerjee, including the super-fast Duronto and Yuva. Her predecessor, Lalu Prasad, too, launched the economical all-AC Garib Raths. Before that, former railway minister Nitish Kumar flagged off the Sampark Kranti and Sampoorn Kranti trains.
As per the new scheme, all mail and express trains, including Duronto, Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Jan Shatabdi, Sampark Kranti, which are known by their four-digit numbers will get a prefix of the number '1'. When that series gets exhausted, '2' will be used instead of '1'.
There will be a numbering scheme for passenger trains too. In this category, special trains (summer/festival trains) will get a prefix '0'. In the suburban category, the prefix to be allotted to Kolkata is three, for Mumbai its nine and in case of Secunderabad it's four.

Indian Railway Inquiries through SMS

Indian Railway provides SMS (Short Messaging Services) short codes for checking PNR, train availability, trains between two stations and ticket availability. See the list, though it is very confusing. The webpage is not user friendly at all. Indian Railway provides these SMS inquiry numbers : 5676747, 55888, 56677, 58888, 57886.

For example, see how 5676747 works, provided by railZone.

sms TRAIN to 5676747 to get the list of functionality.

    Welcome to railZone
    send sms to 5676747
    PNR – PNR status
    TL – Train List
    TA – Ticket Availability
    TD – Train Delay

     Checking your PNR status
    PNR to 5676747
    You can also check your PNR status by simply sending the PNR number to 5676747
    Example: PNR 1234567891

    Checking for Trains running between two stations.

    Send either the station name or station code. Name of the city must be a single word without spaces.
    sms TL to 5676747
    example: TL Delhi Mumbai

    Checking for Ticket Availablity

    sms TA
    to 5676747
    Example: TA 2432 delhi mumbai 1Nov

Currently the service is available on airtel, idea, BSNL, MTNL, Spice, BPL, Vodafone and Reliance.

Indian Railways Time Tables, PNR, Route, Fares, Arrivals/Departures, Running Status

Indian Railways Express Train, Mail Trains, Passenger Train of Indian Railways. Find availability of 1A, 2A, 3A , Chair Car, First Class, Sleeper Class. Check for PNR status. Running status of the train. Arrival Departure At The Station. Route Of The Train On The Google Maps. Comprehensive List of Indian Rail Trains. Fare / Schedule / route of the trains. View travel time, run days, available classes.
To check the Accommodation Availability Enquiry on Trains till Departure which is available from 0400 hrs IST to 2330 hrs (GMT+5:30 hrs). A person has to Enter Train Number: Enter Day, Month, Enter Source Station Code and Enter Destination Station Code, Enter Class: First ACSecond ACThird ACAC Chair CarFirst ClassSleeper ClassSecond Seating, Enter Quota: Tatkal Quota for Ladies QuotaDefence, QuotaForeign, TouristDuty, Pass Quota, Handicaped Quota, Parliament House Quota, Lower Berth Quota, General Quota. If you do not know the train number then you should click here  and if you do not know the stations code then one should click here., India’s leading online portal has launched an extremely easy and efficient search service to find seat availability and fares for trains in India. The ‘Rediff Trains  Fare Search’ service allows users to check availability of seats with fares, check PNR status, get detailed schedule of  trains including real-time arrival and departure status by using a simple search engine query. The Government owned Indian Railways runs a very large operation. Indian Railways, with a network of 63,332 kilometres, is the second largest in the world and moves about 16 million people and 2 million tonnes of cargo each day. To view related information in details:
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Railway Enquiry – Send SMS to 139 Rail Sampark Number

The Rail Sampark number 139 is the single authorized enquiry number to call for all Indian Railway enquiries. This Railway enquiry service operates on the number 139 which can be dialed from the landline/mobile phones all over the country without prefixing the STD code. The service has become highly popular with the Railway users. More than 7.5 lakh calls per day are being received on 139 from all across the country. Round the clock call centre support is available in eleven regional languages across India.

Now the Indian Railway has enabled the Rail Sampark number for SMS Enquiry as well. This is a premium service, rupess 3 per SMS. The users can obtain information regarding PNR status, fare, seat availability and arrival/departure by sending SMS in the specified syntax to 139.

The service is currently available on Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Aircel, Loop (BPL), Tata and MTNL. The service will be soon launched for BSNL and Reliance.

Railway SMS Enquiry Syntax

Follow the pre-defined syntax for SMS enquiry. Type the SMS code and information and send to 139.

For Train Enquiry:
Type TRAIN <Train Number> <Date of Journey in ddmmyy format>  <Station STD Code>
Example: TRAIN 2625 300609 0471 (Kerala Express on 30-June-2009 at Trivandrum)

For Train Status Enquiry:
Type PNR <10 digit PNR Number>
Example: PNR 1234567890

For Seat Availability:
Type TRAIN <Train Number> <Date of Journey in ddmmyy format> <Station From: STD Code> <Station To: STD Code> <Class> <Class Type>
Example: TRAIN 2625 300609 0471 011 3A G (Seat availability Kerala Express on 30-June-2009 from Trivandrum to New Delhi third AC, General class)

For Train Fare:
Type FARE <Train Number> <Date of Journey in ddmmyy format> <Station From: STD Code> <Station To: STD Code> <Class>
Example: TRAIN 2625 300609 0471 011 3A (Fare for Kerala Express on 30-June-2009 from Trivandrum to New Delhi third AC)

The Services include enquiries pertaining to arrival/departure of trains, PNR reservation of berth status and fare enquiry. Apart from these, the number 139 can also be accessed to book a train ticket where payment is made through a cash card over phone and the ticket is delivered/emailed to the user.
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Today Indian railways blocked showing seat availability and pnr status data from all the train information sites which were giving the information in user-friendly manner. This is really a monopoly nothing else. In this information age Indian railways blocking all the sites means they are not interested about public . they have auctioned the website for ad at 4.5 crore to a private agency. they want to earn money nothing else. The guys who started this private sites to show the train information to public at the public interest and also a passion to create something new, CRIS (centre for Railway Information system)who manage the official website of Indian railways have never updated there information pages as they are govt. servant and you know what could expect from them.Showing information of public domain is not illegal but it helps public. Has anyone given the complaint about any of this site that they are showing wrong information. they are just showing the same page of Indian railway official website in a interactive and user friendly manner. If Indian railways or CRIS are really interested of public then they can also show the information on a user friendly manner and also get the good public response
Tatkal Booking
For benefit of passengers who have to plan their journey at the last moment and cannot secure reserved accommodation, Railways provide “Tatkal” ticket booking facility on payment of premium charges on ‘first come first served’ basis.
 This facility is now available on the Internet through
 Features of Tatkal ticket booking Facility on
  • Tatkal bookings are  allowed in all classes except First AC
  • Tatkal charges in addition to normal fare per passenger( applicable both in peak and lean periods )
  • 10 %of the basic fare for second class and 30% of the basic fare for second class and 30% of the basic fare for all other classes subject to minimum and maximum as noted below:-
  Class of Travel Minimum Tatkal Charges Maximum Tatkal Charges  
(In Rs.) (In Rs.)   Second(sitting) 10:00 15:00   Sleeper 75:00 150:00   AC Chair Car 75:00 150:00   AC 3 Tier 200:00 300:00   AC 2 Tier 200:00 300:00   Executive 200:00 300:00
  • Tatkal tickets(e-tickets only)can be booked two days in advance.(excluding the date of journey)
  • Tatkal e-ticketcan be booked for selected trains two days in advance upto chart preperation. e-tickets  can be booked  on  the opening day from 8.00 am onwards.
e.g., If  today is 1st august,3rd August will be the opening day.  Ticket booking starts from 8 AM for the opening day.For journey on 1st August, 2nd August,e ticket booking starts from 5 AM onwards.
Note:Tatkal I-ticket are not allowed to be booked on our site.
  • Please check the availability for Tatkal Quota before booking.
  • No concession is allowed in Tatkal booking.This restriction applies to Sr. citizen concession also.
  • Modification of ticket in any form is not permitted in Tatkal ticket.
  • A flat refund of 25% of total fare charged on ticket,excluding Tatkal Charges is granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets, which are cancelled up to 24 hrs. before the schedule departure of train. No refund on confirmed Tatkal tickets when cancelled within 24 hrs.of the schedule departure of train. For contingent cancellation & waitlisted Tatkal ticket cancellations,charges will be deducted as per existing Railway rules .

If you can pay Vidarbha farmers, compensate Mumabi local train victims as well

Commuters' body approaches authorities, seeking relief for people who die or get injured while travelling

After a relaxing weekend, 30-year-old Ajay Yadav, a resident of Mumbra, was going to work by an overcrowded local when he hit a pole and got himself severely injured. For the past one and a half months, he has no source of income because he has not recovered yet, and the treatment is still on.
Yadav is one of those several victims whose lives have not returned to normal after meeting with accidents on the tracks. In many cases, the victims find themselves financially crippled. But things may soon change.
The Mumbai Rail Pravasi Sangh (MRPS), a commuters' body, has sought compensation for commuters who die or get badly injured while commuting in local trains. The sangh's argument is: if there can be a compensation package for farmers on the verge of suicide, why can't there be one for people who meet with accidents while travelling in trains?
On an average, about 4,000 train commuters die every year and as many get injured. Till September 30 this year, 2,729 commuters have already died and more than 3,023 injured. Though the toll has come down in the past few years, at least 300 commuters die every month on an average.
Members of the MRPS met railway board chairman Vivek Sahai in New Delhi and have handed over a memorandum to him, seeking the package.
"There should be an on-the-spot payment to injured victims. As of now, once an injured victim is out of the rail premises, the railway administration refuses to acknowledge his existence. With so many deaths and injuries, it is time for the railways to formulate a policy in the matter," MRPS president Madhu Kotian said, adding that Sahai had assured them that he would take up the matter.
DC Godbole, vice-president of the Sangh said, said the problem is serious enough and it's time the railways realised that. "There are major lacunae while registering the reason of death of a passenger. There is no proof on how the death has occurred — by falling from rooftop, or from footboard or while trespassing. So that grey area needs to be addressed, and there has to be a policy that would ensure a minimum payment to look after the injured victims," he added.
There have also been public-interest litigations in the Bombay high court, alleging negligence by the railway authorities while transportation of the injured and while administering first aid to the injured on the spot.
The local railway administration has refuted the allegations of negligence and said they were doing their best to move accident victims from the spot to the nearest hospitals.
"We also take up special drives and campaigns to educate commuters on the dangers of trespassing," a railway spokesperson said.

4,000 train commuters die every year

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