UTS on Mobile App: Now, Indian Railways passengers will be capable to book unreserved tickets via the Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) on mobile app. On Thursday, the national transporter announced that it will now allow the facility to book unreserved tickets via its UTS on mobile application in order to decongest booking counters at railway stations as nicely as to assure smooth compliance of social distancing norms in view of the COVID-19 crisis, according to a PTI report. The facility of UTS on mobile app was discontinued by Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways when the novel coronavirus-triggered lockdown was imposed across India final year.
According to a statement issued by the Railway Ministry, on the Indian Railways network, unreserved train services are getting introduced in a phased manner. In a bid to stay away from any variety of inconvenience to railway passengers in booking unreserved tickets as nicely as to assure norms of social distancing at railway station booking counters when acquiring the tickets, it has been decided by the ministry that in addition to the facility of UTS on mobile app obtainable on suburban railway sections, this service could also be reintroduced on non-suburban sections of zonal railways, the statement stated. The zones of Indian Railways have been instructed by the ministry that anytime unreserved train services are introduced on any zonal railway, the concerned zone could allow UTS on mobile app accordingly for issuing unreserved tickets, it added.
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The national transporter, at present, has operationalized about 65 per cent of its mail and express train services as nicely as more than 90 per cent of its suburban train services as compared to the pre-lockdown levels. Currently, as lots of as 1,250 mail and express trains, 5,350 neighborhood train services, and more than 326 passenger trains are getting run in total on a everyday basis, the report stated.