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IRCTC’s SMS-Based Ticketing Service Is Live!

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Imagine you want to travel within India and you simply take out your phone, send an SMS and your tickets are done! Sounds unrealistic? Well, we earlier reported how IRCTC was planning on bringing SMS-based ticketing service and it is here finally. Railways minister, Mallikarjun Kharge announced the launch of this new system and added that it aims to “empower the common man who does not have access to internet and cannot afford to buy smartphones.”

A pilot project of the IRCTC, it will discard the prospect of touts hovering around travellers wanting to book tickets. Kharge told media, “The new system will prove especially beneficial to labourers and workers who book tickets to their native towns as it is apt for them since it is quick and hassle-free.”

So for those already planning to avail this service have two numbers to remember- 139 and 5676714. To use 139, you will have to register your mobile number with IRCTC and their banks. You will then get an MMID or Mobile Money Identifier and OTP or one time password from the bank for payment authorisation.

Below is the format for booking the ticket via SMS–
BOOK

Once you send this message, you will receive Transaction ID alongwith other details. For payment, send an SMS to 139 in the following format –
PAY

Alternatively, you can book tickets by sending an SMS to 5676714. Register your number with IRCTC and m-wallet, and send an SMS to 5676714 in the following format –
START

For booking the ticket, you will have to send an SMS to 5676714 in the below format –
BOOK,, , ,,,,

Once you send an SMS, you will get a transaction number on the phone. Follow it up with a second SMS for payment in the below format –
“PAY , MPAY, ” for authorizing payment through MPAY

Or

“PAY ,,, ,” for authorizing payment through IMPS.

Once you have made the payment, you will receive a booking confirmation SMS on your phone. Imagine you want to travel within India and you simply take out your phone, send an SMS and your tickets are done! Sounds unrealistic? Well, we earlier reported how IRCTC was planning on bringing SMS-based ticketing service and it is here finally. Railways minister, Mallikarjun Kharge announced the launch of this new system and added that it aims to “empower the common man who does not have access to internet and cannot afford to buy smartphones.”

A pilot project of the IRCTC, it will discard the prospect of touts hovering around travellers wanting to book tickets. Kharge told media, “The new system will prove especially beneficial to labourers and workers who book tickets to their native towns as it is apt for them since it is quick and hassle-free.”

So for those already planning to avail this service have two numbers to remember- 139 and 5676714. To use 139, you will have to register your mobile number with IRCTC and their banks. You will then get an MMID or Mobile Money Identifier and OTP or one time password from the bank for payment authorisation.

Below is the format for booking the ticket via SMS–
BOOK

Once you send this message, you will receive Transaction ID alongwith other details. For payment, send an SMS to 139 in the following format –
PAY

Alternatively, you can book tickets by sending an SMS to 5676714. Register your number with IRCTC and m-wallet, and send an SMS to 5676714 in the following format –
START

For booking the ticket, you will have to send an SMS to 5676714 in the below format –
BOOK,, , ,,,,

Once you send an SMS, you will get a transaction number on the phone. Follow it up with a second SMS for payment in the below format –
“PAY , MPAY, ” for authorizing payment through MPAY

Or

“PAY ,,, ,” for authorizing payment through IMPS.

Once you have made the payment, you will receive a booking confirmation SMS on your phone.

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