tedious experiences of booking train tickets through the IRCTC website
may have become a thing of the past, as the Indian Railways on Wednesday
launched its next-generation e-ticketing system that features an
enhanced booking capacity of 7,200 tickets per minute, and is said to be
both faster and easier to use.
"It was a rail budget
commitment which was fulfilled today," Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda
said after launching the next generation e-ticketing system in New
The new system developed by Centre for Railway
information Systems (CRIS) with an estimated cost of Rs. 180 crore would
allow booking of 7,200 tickets per minute against 2,000 tickets per
minute possible with the old system.
Also, with the launch
of the system, 120,000 concurrent users can book e-tickets
simultaneously now, against the earlier capacity of 40,000 concurrent
users at a time.
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Expressing his happiness on the
successful implementation of the faster e-ticketing system which was
part of the Rail Budget proposal, Gowda said "budget was presented two
months and five days ago in Parliament, and today we are launching [the
He hoped with this pace all budget proposals would be implemented before the next budget though there are only six months left for the next year budget.
e-ticketing, Gowda launched a series of IT-enabled initiatives for rail
users including train enquiry mobile application and Go-India smart
Online system like e-Demand and e-Diversion for
freight service was also launched by Gowda to enable the booking of
wagons and making of payments without going to counters.
is part and parcel of development. It is in the mind of Prime Minister
Narendra Modi. PM said all operational part of railways should be
covered through online system," the Railway minister said.
state-of-the-art solution in rail sector to bring about operational
efficiency, Gowda said "I have envisaged hospital management information
system for the railway staff."
He also suggested education to children of railway staff through optic fibre cable network.
Gowda also announced cash awards of Rs. 5 lakh and Rs. 2.5 lakh for CRIS and IRCTC respectively for their commendable work.