The public who used to book their rail tickets through IRCTC site can now travel with mobile ticket sent by SMS to mobile phone by IRCTC. The mobile user can archive the message in order to show to TTE in train. We have to keep it in mind that mobile is in working condition and properly charged before travel. Also ID proof in original is necessary. Since IRCTC message is saved in archive of message, it can be shown to TTE even though no towers are nearby etc. The relevant extract from IRCTC is given below which is trying to save paper thus reducing wood usage. It saves travellers in printing cost of ticket also.
|Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS) – The printout in standard specified Performa containing reservation particulars, and instructions for use which can be used by the passenger along with the relevant authorized Identification, as travel authority for performing the journey.|
|Virtual Reservation Message (VRM) – A screen-shot of the e-ticket displayed through laptops/palmtops/ Mobile phone is referred as Virtual Reservation Message (VRM).|
|ERS/VRM/SMS sent by IRCTC along with any one of the nine prescribed ID proofs in original and the indication of the passenger(s)’ name(s) in the Reservation Chart will authorize the passenger to travel|
|VRM/ SMS sent by IRCTC combined with valid photo-id in original will be treated as an instrument on par with the ERS.|
|ERS/VRM/SMS sent by IRCTC along with one of the nine 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/SMS sent by IRCTC along with original id proof will be required to be produced on demand of Ticket Checking Staff on the platform.|
|1) Railway Board Letter No.2008/TG-I/10/P/SMS dated 20.07.2011|
|2) Railway Board Letter No.2008/TG-I/10/P/SMS dated 01.02.2012|