Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Good news for train passengers as they can now book unreserved tickets through UTS on Mobile App.

The move of the Indian Railways has been taken to decongest ticket booking counters and to ensure smooth compliance of social distancing norms under the COVID-19 protocols.

In a statement, the Railways stated that unreserved train services are being introduced in a phased wise manner.

“In order to avoid any inconvenience to passengers in booking unreserved tickets and to ensure norms of social distancing at booking counters while purchasing the tickets, It has been decided that in addition to UTS ON MOBILE App facility available on suburban sections, this facility may also be reintroduced on non-suburban sections of zonal Railways,” the statement added.

The Zonal Railways have also been instructed that whenever unreserved train services are introduced, the concerned zonal Railway authorities may accordingly enable UTS ON MOBILE app for issuing unreserved tickets.

On Wednesday, the Indian Railways clarified that it was levying slightly higher fares for short distance passenger trains only to discourage people from travel which is not most necessary.

In a statement, a Railway Ministry spokesperson said: “Recently, there have been some reports in the section of media about higher price being charged from those travelling in passenger trains over small distances.”

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