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Mobile App to book Mumbai Local Train Ticket

A mobile app has been launched to book Mumbai Local Railway Tickets.

It will help you buy tickets using an R-wallet (online wallet), and you will get a text message code when you buy one. You can use the code along with your mobile number (which will be your user ID) to print your ticket at kiosks/ATVMs at some stations.

“The service will be introduced at five stations each on Central and Western Railway. We will subsequently have the printing facility at all stations,” a senior official said on Monday.

You can print your tickets at Dadar (Western and Central), Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Kurla, Thane and Kalyan, Churchgate, Mumbai Central, Andheri and Borivli, the sources said.

“The railway board has issued the booking procedure for which ticket printouts will be necessary,” an official said.

The user-friendly app will be available for cell phones running on the Android and Windows operating systems. An app for Blackberry and iPhone will be available later, the official said.

Sources said money for buying the tickets will have to be loaded through the R-wallet mobile payment system either online or through any ticket booking counter at stations.

A user can book unreserved tickets for second and first class for long-distance trains too. You will also be able to cancel tickets, the sources said.

The railways may later look at treating the codes sent as text messages as valid tickets, to avoid printing a ticket, an official added.

Mumbai’s Killer Trains

1,668 people have died due to Mumbai Local Trains till June, with Kalyan recording the most deaths, and Kurla and Thane close at its heels.

Despite the authorities’ efforts to curb deaths on tracks, the city’s railway system continues to claim lives at a constant rate. As per data with the Government Railway Police (GRP), nine people have died on the railway tracks every day this year.

In the first six months of 2015 (January to June), 1,668 people have lost their lives 1,484 men, 183 women and one other. This works out to nine deaths a day, nearly the same rate as last year’s, when 3,429 people died on the railway tracks. Kalyan, Kurla, Thane, Borivli, and Vasai are the railway stations, which have recorded the most fatalities near them.

These people were found dead after falling from a train, committing suicide, or having been pushed by someone. The cops managed to trace the family members of 1,131 victims, but failed to reach the family members of 537 people and had to, hence, dispose of the bodies.

“The toughest job in the railways is to trace the family members of the deceased. For this purpose, we have launched our website Shodh. Around 30 per cent of victims’ bodies have to be disposed of by the cops; the families approach much later or the bodies remain unclaimed,” said Rupali Ambure, deputy commissioner of police, GRP, Central Railway.

She further added, “We have been creating awareness among commuters to not cross tracks, not travel on footboards, and to take precautions while travelling. We have also written to railways to close all unauthorised entry points that bring one to railway tracks,” said Ambure. 1,679 people were injured this year on the railway tracks. – See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/mumbais-killer-trains-9-people-still-die-on-tracks-every-day/16370150#sthash.MQ4j6hkH.dpuf