December 31, 2006

Railway Platform Tickets Now an SMS Away

The South Western Railway (SWR) has launched a novel scheme to sell platform tickets in Bangalore through mobile phones using the short messaging service (SMS) facility.

Claimed to be the first of its kind service in Indian Railways, the electronic system enables subscribers of BSNL and Airtel to buy a platform ticket by keying in "PFT" and code 3939 (for BSNL) and 64629 (for Airtel) even before reaching the Bangalore city station and collect it from a vending machine at the entrance.

"The system will send a five digit pin to the subscribers opting for this hassle-free service. By entering the pin in the SMS-linked vending machine, they can obtain the platform ticket without monetary transaction, as an amount of Rs. 4, including Re. 1 towards service charge, will be collected from the mobile operators," SWR general manager T.N. Perti told reporters at the launch event.

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