South Central Railway has achieved another milestone by going digital in Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS). Issue of Unreserved Tickets with Upgraded ‘UTS’ Mobile Application will be introduced from the 00.00 hrs of 16th July, 2018 over South Central Railway Jurisdiction. SCR is in the forefront in envisaging digital technologies for the convenience of its valued rail users, stated Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, SCR briefing media persons on the introduction of UTS Mobile App today i.e., 12th July, 2018 at SCR Head Quarters, Rail Nilayam, Secunderabad.
Addressing the media, Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav stated that the mobile app will immensely facilitate large section of rail users who travel daily in unreserved segment. It will be very useful in saving time during peak hours for purchase of tickets without standing in queues at counters. Digitization of Railway services has been a priority area of Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Railways and it is being taken forward by the Zone with implementation of various digital avenues for the convenience of passengers. South Central Railway is also providing free Wi-Fi facility at 50 rural stations apart from 37 stations in A1 & A category on its jurisdiction. SCR has enabled cashless Digi-pay transactions at 12 important stations on its network. Several mobile apps such as Hyderabad Live Train Enquiry System (HYLITES); Train Arrival Departure and Amenities at Stations (TAADAST); Navigation for Railway Station (NavRas) and Rail Station Info at Kacheguda station were introduced on SCR to facilitate the information needs of rail users, he added.
Detailing on the features of UTS mobile app, he stated that the mobile app is available on Google play Store for downloading on Andorid phones; iStore on iPhones; OVI Store on Windows phone. The app is available in 554 UTS stations over South Central Railway to facilitate the users. The users can create Railway Wallet (R-Wallet) and avail 5% bonus on every recharge to the Wallet. The app is made to protect the interest of customers and also features the several security arrangements to avoid misuse with advanced technology like Geo- fencing technology which restricts booking of the tickets inside the railway station and on-board to curb ticketless travel. The users can also opt for printed ticket by booking on the mobile app, which will be delivered at the counters or ATVMs/Co-TVMs available at station premises on submission of the booking code along with mobile number. Tickets cannot be forwarded to the other mobile users and it changes the background colour on daily basis at the same time scrolling text on ticket and QR Code also features to avoid misuse.
Shri M.G.Sekharam, Principal Chief Commercial Manager made a detailed presentation on the salient features of UTS Mobile App. Shri John Thomas, Additional General Manager,
M. Ravi Babu, General Manager, Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS);
Shri B. Vijaya Bhaskar, Chief Commercial Manager (FS) were also present. Shri M. Umashakar Kumar, Chief Public Relations Officer welcomed the media personnel.