Indian Railway made Ticket Cancellation Easy

Aftermath of increase in reservation ticket cancellation price, Indian Railway tried to make the cancellation procedure easier. The commercial department of Indian Railways issued a circular stating that eight stations in Pune division will be mark down as UTS (Unreserved Ticketing System) – cum – PRS (Passenger Reservation System), where passenger can collect their refunds.

The eight stations of Pune Division where UTS-cum-PRS facility will be commenced are Khadki, Miraj, Chinchwad, Sangli, Satara, Karad, Talegaon and Kolhapur. Over these counters, at the time of cancellation of ticket, passengers will be asked to fill up a form mentioning their phone numbers & address. The status of the cancellation and refunds will be communicated to them using the phone number. This decision will come into effect from 1st December 2015.

At small stations of Pune division after 8pm, there is no provision for cancellations of tickets from the reservation counters. Passengers are left with no choices other than traveling to big stations or wait until the morning till the counters opens. So this new system will benefit large section of passengers mainly to senior citizens, who are not so well-versed with the online process of booking & cancellation of tickets.

Mumbai Central will be first station to get free high speed WiFi

RailTel Corporation of India, telecom wing of Indian Railway, has partnered with Google to set-up a high-speed Wi-Fi network at 400 stations across the country. This is world’s biggest public Wi-Fi project. As part of this engagement, Mumbai Central will be the foremost station to get this as WiFi services. As per reports, the service will be free for users for the first 30 minutes, beyond that they will be charged a particular amount.

After taking over as CEO of Google, this is Sunder Pichai’s first maiden visit to India. And during this visit he finalized some important stuff for the country. He implemented the promise which Pichai made to PM Narendra Modi’s when he visited US this year. He signed an agreement with RailTel to provide Wi-Fi facilities at 400 stations across the country. He has promised to provide high-speed connectivity with the ability to download movie in just four minutes. Pichai stated, “100 stations will have Wi-fi by December 2016. Among which Mumbai Central to go live by January. “During his two day visit in India, Pichai will meet President Pranad Mukherjee & Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will also address students at Delhi University College.

Minister of State for Railway – Manoj Sinha said that RailTel Corporation of india Ltd (RCIL), a PSU under Railway Ministry, already signed an agreement with Mahataa Information India Pvt Ltd (MIIPL), an arm of Google Inc, to equip 400 stations with Wi-Fi in two phases. It is planned that in first phase as many as 100 A1 & A category would be provisioned with WiFi network access, while the facility would be extended to 300 stations in the second phase. Non-suburban stations with an annual passenger earning of more than 60 Crore INR are categorized as A1 stations, and those with yearly passenger income from 8 crore INR to 60 crore INR falls under A category stations.

US-based technology giant- Google had an agenda of bringing internet to everyone in world’s second largest populated country – India. Once people will be having access to web, Google wants to make sure they get right information. The program will be operational with provision of Wi-Fi in 100 railway stations in 2016.

Along with provision of free-WiFi at railway stations, Pichai also expressed that Google want to improve web connectivity in rural areas under Project Balloon. Though, Indian Government said that the project might not be viable as it interferes with services offered by telecom operators. Apart from providing internet access to many untapped region, Google also aspires to hire more engineers for Bangalore & Hyderabad.

Pichai even mentioned about women in a village to internet project, which they ran on pilot basis for increasing internet awareness in India. “The results were so positive that we are thinking of expanding the project. In the next three years, we will introduce internet to women in more than 3,000 village”, he exclaimed.

Different Classes in Indian Railways Train

When any passenger goes to buy a ticket for a train journey, multiple options are available to them to choose from. Sometime these many options create confusion about which class of ticket should be booked. You can book ticket under the class depending on your need and budget. Here we are going to give a glimpse of the different classes present in the train. We will start moving in ascending order i.e. cheapest to expensive class.

Indian Railway Quotas

Indian Railway is one of the largest and busiest railway networks in the world. It works very efficiently and provides fastest and affordable service of connectivity. For any train journey, reservation opens 4 months prior to the journey and many of the tickets get booked within a week’s time; especially during vacation period. Getting a confirmed tickets and predicting waitlist confirmation becomes easy when you know about different quotas in the railway reservation system.

Abbreviations used in Indian Railways Ticket

The huge Indian Railway System has many abbreviations just like IR for Indian Railway. When a ticket is booked, a passenger gets its PNR (Passenger Name Record) number. And sometime in spite of PNR as number they get some abbreviations mentioned there like- CNF, CAN/MOD, RAC etc. Many travelers are not aware of these abbreviations which create confusion. These vague short-forms make passengers difficult to understand what exactly Railway wants to interpret to them. So here we have come up with some of the important abbreviations which will prove useful to the commuters while traveling by IR. This will eventually help you to understand the status of your rail ticket.