The railways will soon move towards, linked-up Aadhar-based online ticket booking system to prevent touts from blocking a large of tickets, end fraudulent bookings and curb cases of impersonations. Aadhar number has been made mandatory for senior citizens to avail/profits concessions in train tickets from April 1st-2017. A three-month trial run for this is going on.
As per the new business plan 2017-18, unveiled by railway minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu on Thursday, besides the Adhara-based ticketing/booking system, the railways will move towards the cashless ticketing system by installing 6,000 point-of-sale machines and 1,000 automatic ticket vending machines across the country.An integrated ticketing app will also be launched, It may be to promote cashless transaction.
“Aadhaar number will be required for one-time registration at the IRCTC ticketing site. This step is taken for aimed at eliminating touts from registering with “fake identities,” a senior railway ministry official said, adding the railways is preparing a software for these purpose.
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This Despite taking various steps , touts corner a bulk/large of tickets and sell out those too much higher prices from public and this is generating/becoming a serious problem for the railways.The new business plan also envisages launching of new tourist trains connecting hill stations and enhancing passenger comfort and providing pleasurable & great moments journey experience through improving amenities and catering service.