New Delhi: The Indian Railways is developing a new app to answer all your train travel-related queries.
The app, likely to be named HindRail, will incorporate in it most of the existing Railways' apps. It is scheduled to be rolled out in June.
It will work as a full-fledged enquiry system providing information on arrivals, departures, delays, cancellations, platform number, running status and berth availability.
[blurb]Apart from these basic services, it will also offer booking of taxis, porter services, retiring rooms, hotels, tour packages, e-catering and other travel-related needs.[/blurb]
The app with based a revenue-sharing model designed by the railways for service providers. It will serve as a revenue-earning platform with the railways calculating a business potential Rs 100 crore every year.
Till date, the public transporter has struggled to provide reliable information on train running status, especially when they run late.
Mohammad Jamshed, Railway Board member (traffic), acknowledges that there are problems in disseminating accurate information on delays. But, he says, the new app will address all these issues. "The new app will be launched in June and it will not only give you information, you can also track trains through it," he told PTI.
[blurb]Currently, there are several apps operated by the Indian Railways which provide various kinds of services. These include the CMS App for complaint management system.[/blurb]
The National Train Enquiry System (NTES) app provides inquiry facility. There are apps for booking reserved and unreserved tickets. There is another app managed by the IRCTC for the e-catering services.
All these will be integrated in the proposed app. Asked about the possible name for app, Jamshed said, "We have to give a suitable name for it but it has not been decided as yet."
However, it is reliably learnt the name 'HindRail' is being considered for the new app among other suggested names such as MeriRail, ERail, MyRail and Rail Anubhuti.
(With PTI inputs)