Ever thought of the day when you wouldn’t carry your train ticket and instead got it checked through your laptop? Does flashing your cell phone to the ticket checker sound too good to be true? Not anymore.
The Indian Railways has allowed a new mode of ticket verification.
The newly introduced scheme of allowing the display of a screenshot of the e-ticket through laptops, palm tops and mobile phones along with the prescribed identity proof in original has come into force, according to the railway website IRCTC.
According to the website, “ERS (electronic reservation slip)/VRM (virtual reservation message) along with any one of the eight prescribed ID proofs in original and the indication of the passenger(s) name(s) in the Reservation Chart will authorize the passenger(s) to travel on train.”
The ERS is the regular ticket printout which contains the PNR, name, age and berth details of the passenger.
Now all one needs is a ‘VRM’ to travel.
According to IRCTC, “a screenshot of the e-ticket displayed through laptops/palmtops/ mobile phone is referred as VRM.”
The VRM, combined with one of the accepted IDs in original will be treated as an instrument on par with the ERS.
Prashanth Mukundan, an engineering student and frequent traveller, said, “I have heard about this VRM, I can now easily transfer the screenshot to my phone. This will save me the hassle of getting a printout.”
Although the IRCTC claims the enforcement of this rule, the Railway has not given any promotion for the VRM yet, leaving travellers unaware.
When presented with a VRM, a train ticket examiner (TTE) aboard the Vaigai Express said that the examiners have not yet got the notification of the rule enforcement although they are aware of it.
He further went on to say that there was a lack of coordination, since IRCTC has advertised this system and TTEs are yet to get intimation.
The TTEs are aware of the VRM, but are the other ticket-checking personnel? An official at the junction was shocked when a screenshot was presented to her. When she was made aware of the system, she had a confused look on her face.
The notice further goes on to say, “ERS/VRM along with any one of the prescribed proofs of identity in original will also authorize the passenger to enter the platform on the day of journey and he/she will not be required to purchase platform ticket. ERS/VRM along with original ID proof will be required to be produced on demand of ticket checking staff on the platform.”
The Divisional Railway Manager, Tiruchi, P.V.Vaidialingam said, “We have already passed the notice for accepting VRMs with IDs as valid tickets. The rule is in place and all employees concerned have been issued circulars regarding this. Passengers can now use the ticket screenshot accompanied by the prescribed ID for ticket verification.”
Next time when you are in a hurry and are unable to take a printout, you can avoid paying fine by using a VRM. However, a valid original ID proof is a must in all cases to authenticate the ERS/VRM.