Indian Railways has introduced a passenger-friendly guideline which is going to make your train traveling easier and which is also environment-friendly. Now, carrying a printed hard copy on E-Ticket is not necessary to travel on the train. Now text message received on your phone will also be treated as the ticket, not only the text message but also any type of e-copy of the e-Tickets will be valid, either its’ image/screenshot of the ticket on mobile phone/laptop/tablet or virtually printed ticket in PDF format. This has come into effect from 1st February 2012.
IRCTC sending a confirmation SMS to the registered number after booking ticket having details of user’s journey along with ticket details. A traveler can just show that SMS on his mobile along with a valid ID to the ticket checker (TC). That will be valid proof that he has the ticket and can travel without any issues!
If you are booking for your family member who isn’t IRCTC registered user, just put his/her mobile number while filling passenger detail, mobile number is always below passenger detail and above CAPTCHA and you can change the default number for current ticket booking detail and the SMS will send to that number.
However, IRCTC has laid down certain mandatory features that the SMS should contain:
- SMS sent by IRCTC / Railways will be considered for the purpose of confirmation and
- The SMS would contain all the vital ticket details like PNR, Train Number, Date of Journey, Class, Name & Number of Passengers, Coach & Seat Number and Fare paid.
- Also if feasible, the SMS will accommodate the names of all passengers booked on the e-ticket, the otherwise maximum number of passengers.
- The authorized SMS containing all the aforementioned vital details when displayed through laptops/palmtops / mobile phones combined with valid photo-id in original shall be treated as an instrument on par with the ERS.
So, next time when you are traveling on e-ticket carry the e-copy of the e-ticket and save papers.