Passengers will soon get to enjoy smart card facility for booking train tickets on the Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai routes, and even in the Kolkata Metro. A senior Railway Ministry official associated with the project stated that a pan-India multi-purpose smart card will be launched shortly by the Railways on a pilot basis, and standards are being set for the same. Called Go-India card, it’ll come handy in booking tickets for long distance and sub-urban trains on the two most asked for routes- Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah.
The pilot project is valid for an year, and depending on the response it gets, the extension for other routes shall be accordingly planned. The Go-India card proposal shall be implemented in two phases as declared in the Rail Budget 2011-12. The Go-India card proposal, as announced in the Rail Budget 2011-12, will be implemented in two phases. While Phase One will let the passengers book tickets for the Delhi-Kolkata and Delhi-Mumbai routes, Phase Two involves the Kolkata Metro. A person can book reserved/unreserved tickets by using the Go-India card at booking counters, automatic ticketing vending machines (ATVM) and even over the Internet. Major stations including Kanpur, Allahabad, Dhanbad and Surat in the respective routes will boast of facilities to make use of this card.
The Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) is busy developing the software for the smart card. An agreement with a nationalized bank will be inked shortly to get the Go-India card moving. We sincerely hope that this makes the ticket-booking process a bother-free experience for the railway passenger.