India : GOWDA: INDIAN RAILWAYS making trials on smart card for local, short, and long-distance trains [TendersInfo (India)]
(TendersInfo (India) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Indian Railways has initiated trials on the Go India smart card intended at allowing people buy rail tickets for both short and long-distance trains in reserved and unreserved class, comprising suburban services, from any part of the nation.
The move is aimed at integrating the ticketing system of Indian Railways.
The Union Railways Minister Sadanand Gowda has revealed in an official announcement that the department has launched the trial phase of Go India smartcard on 13th of this month.
After the roll out of the card, people will be able to buy rail tickets across train network of Indian Railways, including suburban services.
To facilitate bookings in local trains, the Indian Railways has decided to combine the new software with ticket windows, Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs) and Passenger Reservation Counters (PRS).
Under the Phase 1 of trial process, the pilot project will be launched for long-distance trains plying on the Mumbai-Delhi and Delhi-Howrah routes.
Without revealing identity, a senior railway official stated, In Mumbai, Mumbai Central is one of the stations where this Go India card will be tested.
The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) is now working to settle matters related to the amalgamation of the softwares.
Regarding the functioning of the planned card, it will work as an ATVM card, under which a customer will have to put the card on the sensor, select the originating and destination station on the screen and then the money will be subtracted from the card automatically.
Indian Railway will offer the Go India card with lifetime validity for Rs 70, and of this, Rs 20 will be credited to the card straight away.
The card can recharged in multiples of Rs 20 or Rs 50 and balance of up to Rs 10,000 will be allowed.
Indian Railway, however, has made no signal on the time-frame of the launch of this card.
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