Now one can get MRTS ticket sans waiting in queue

Chennai: Traveling without a ticket is a punishable offence. But buying railway ticket in Guindy or Egmore station is not an easy task.

The long queues before the Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATV) machines and ticket counters have doubled since bus fare hike. To overcome the problem, the Indian Railways launched an app called UTS mobile ticketing for online ticket booking.

Though the app was launched a few months ago, it had few shortcomings. To sort it out, the Indian Railways rolled out an update to book paper ticket via smartphone. But still, the few complications in accessing the ATVM machines fizzled the users.

Following suggestions, another update was provided to the app recently. Simultaneously, they worked to rid off complications involved in accessing ATVMs in stations.

As a collective, the app jointly works with OCR machine and get you the ticket in seconds. After downloading the UTS app from the play store, register with the user credentials (username, password, and a few other basic details).

Then recharge your R-wallet with at least minimum amount of Rs 100 through Paytm or mobikwik payment services. After filing the wallet, click on Book ticket button, there will be four options including one to avail monthly pass.

Select as per the need, then click on book and print (paper) option. You will be directed to an interface, where you can select the destinations, followed by another tab with other booking details. Then click Ok button to confirm the payment.

As soon as the payment is done, you will get an SMS on the number which is linked to the UTS account.

Says Thanikachalam, a commuter in Guindy, ‘"It is a big wait in railway stations like Guindy. There will be mad rush round-the-clock. WIth the recent update to UTS app, we find it easy to get our tickets on the go.’"

"‘I get my monthly season ticket through this app. It is easy and convenient’," says Mahesh, a college student in Egmore.