Aadhaar platform for rail tickets

In a major push to put an end to blocking of the bulk of railway tickets by brokers and to also curb cases of fraudulent bookings, the Indian railways will now soon be moving towards an Aadhaar-based online ticketing system.

As per the new business plan 2017-18 launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today, the mobile app aims at becoming a one-stop solution for various travel related services, like booking tickets, retiring rooms, booking tour packages, ordering food from a restaurant and finding hotel rooms.

"The Aadhaar number will be required for one-time registration on the IRCTC ticketing site". It may be recalled that Aadhaar has already been made compulsory for availing concessions available to senior citizens, which would be applicable from April 1.

The initiative has been brought up to prevent touts from registering with invalid identities, a senior official said. The ministry is also planning to develop an integrated ticketing app by May.

"Once railway was only option for freight so it had the monopoly".

The Railways hopes these measures will help protect its freight market, where it has been losing share to road transport.

The new business plan also envisages launching of new tourist trains connecting hill stations and enhancing passenger comfort and providing pleasurable journey experience.

The document said, "It is planned in 2017-18 to appraise in detail the Container Operations on the potential sectors: India-Bangladesh (Gede-Darshana interchange of railways), India-Pakistan (Attari-Wagah Border interchange), Pakistan-Iran (Zahedan interchange yard with break of gauge) and Iran-Turkey (Razi-Kapikrule with standard guage)". Our endeavour is to take the stakeholders into consideration. "We have fixed a target of savings Rs 41,000 crore in the next ten years on energy", Prabhu said.

Rail freight depended mostly on eight commodities, including coal, iron ore, cement, fertiliser and foodgrain.

  • Leroy Wright