Indian Railway’s launches Mobile ticketing app for suburban commuters in Mumbai

Indian Railways launched a mobile ticketing application for unreserved tickets for commuters in Western Railway. It was launched by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

This mobile ticketing service will cover 35 stations between the 123 km long Churchgate -Dhauroad and facilitate a hassle free travel for lakhs of daily passengers in Mumbai.

Key facts

  • The app is based for both Android and Windows platforms and it can be downloaded from Google Play Store or Windows Store by the user.
  • The app provides necessary on-screen alerts to guide the passenger during the booking process.
  • Payment for booking the ticket can be done through railway wallet feature in the App.
  • Passenger will get ticket confirmation screen after booking the ticket.

Apart from this service, Railway Minister also launched two other IT-based initiaves viz. SMS destination alert service for premier trains and Hindi e-ticketing portal.

Union Government decides to develop villages within 10 km of IB on priority

Union Government has decided to develop all villages located within 10 kilometres vicinity of the international border on a priority basis.

It was decided by the Union Home Ministry in consultation with Ministries of Rural Development, Sports, Health and Human Resources Development.

These villages will be developed under the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) with special emphasis on promotion of sports activities and rural tourism.

Key facts

  • The funds under BADP for this initiative will be provided to the states as a 100 per cent non-lapsable special central assistance. It will be supplemented from the budgetary allocation of Rs. 990 crore for the financial year 2015-16.
  • The development of villages under BADP will include schemes such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Promotion of sports activities in border areas.
  • Skill Development Programmes along with promotion of rural tourism (i.e. border tourism) and protection of heritage sites.
  • It will also cover construction of helipads in remote and inaccessible hilly areas, which do not have road connectivity, skill development training to farmers for use of modern or scientific technique in farming, organic farming etc.

Border Area Development Programme (BADP)

  • It has been implemented in 367 border blocks of 104 border districts in 17 states.
  • Objective: To meet special developmental needs and well-being of the people living in remote and inaccessible areas situated near the IB.
  • It also seeks to saturate the border areas with the entire essential infrastructure through convergence of Union, state, BADP, local schemes and participatory approach.