The railways will soon move towards Aadhaar-based online ticketing system to prevent touts from blocking a bulk of tickets and to end fraudulent bookings.
Aadhaar number has been made mandatory for senior citizens from long time to avail concessions in train tickets from April 1. A three-month trial run for this is going on. As per the new business plan 2017-18, unveiled by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday, besides the Aadhaar-based ticketing system, the railways will move towards cashless ticketing system by installing 6,000 point-of-sale (PoS) machines and 1,000 automatic ticket vending machines across the country.
An integrated ticketing app will also be launched by May to promote cashless transaction. According to a senior railway official, “Aadhaar number will be required for one-time registration at the IRCTC ticketing site. The step is aimed at eliminating touts from registering with fake identities.”