In the Indian Railway budget of 2015-16 Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister of India declared about “Operation five minutes” for issuing unreserved tickets via Smartphone. Yesterday Suresh Prabhu introduce us Android App UTS by which you can issue unreserved tickets on your smartphone, you don’t need to stand in the long line to book an unreserved tickets. Using this UTS app you can book tickets just five minutes before the journey, its a great feature that you won’t miss your train. Tough using this app you can only book tickets of Chennai and Mumbai area and its expected that Indian Railway will add more cities soon.
UTS or IR Unreserved Ticketing Android app is developed by CRIS or Centre for Railway Information Systems. To book a ticket using UTS app, you have to know how to book unreserved tickets using UTS app.
How To Book Unreserved Tickets Using UTS Android App By India Railway
First, you need to create or sign up an account. In the mean time filling the sign up form you have to provide your valid mobile number, name, city (currently Mumbai and Chennai) and an identity card information. You need to provide I-Card details of any of these like Govt. Issued Icard, PAN Card, Voter Card, Aadhar Card, Driving License, Passport, Student I-Card, Bank Passbook or credit card with laminated photo.
Once you have created the account a Railway Wallet or R-Wallet will be created for free with zero balance. To recharge this R-Wallet you have to visit UTS counter just like you recharge your smart card of Indian Railway.
Currently, Unreserved ticket booking using this UTS app is enabled from 20 Stations in Mumbai to all suburban Stations of Central and Western Railways and 5 Stations in Chennai to All suburban Stations of Southern Railway.
After successful booking of a ticket, you will get booking ID and other ticket details, but still you can’t make journey with this ID or details. As like BookMyshow, you need to print the ticket, here via ATVM by entering your mobile number and booking ID. Using this printed ticket you can make your journey.
It’s a quite nice idea of Digital India project, but personally I am not happy with this system or operation five minutes. First, you need to recharge using UTS counter, you can’t recharge using credit/debit card or internet banking. This is a big drawback. Second is why we need to take printout of the tickets using the ATVM machine. Why we can’t travel with only the booking ID? Booking unreserved ticket using smart card is far better than this UTS app. May be in the coming future Indian Railway will upgrade this and remove the taking printed ticket and enable add money option via CC/DC or Net banking. Hope they will do so.
Download Android App To Book Unreserved Tickets UTS From Google Play here