Indian Railways Current Affairs - 2019
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Union Ministry of Railways has launched new user interface of its Next Generation e-Ticketing (NGeT) System on Indian Railway’s Online Travel Portal (www.irctc.co.in). Through NGeT system, Indian Railways new online ticket booking system provides user-friendly, easy and fast way of booking rail tickets by automating journey planning and purchase of tickets. It was launched as part of Union Government’s Digital India’ initiative to harness power of technology and in making lives easier for citizens of India.
Features of New User Interface of NGeT System
Using it user can now enquire and search trains and also check availability of seats without logging in the system, thereby saving time of the users. They also can now change font size of website for comfortable viewing.
It will provide enhanced class-wise, train-wise, destination-wise, departure and arrival time wise and quota-wise filters for facilitating customer while planning their journeys. It also arranges information about train including train no, train name, originating and destination station and distances between them, arrival and departure time and journey time on single screen information.
It also has new features for payments such as My Transactions which will help user to view their booked tickets based on Booking Date, Journey Date, Upcoming Journey and completed journey. It also has waitlist prediction which will allow user to get probability of wait-listed or RAC tickets getting confirmed.
It also has journey planner page, history of all journeys, bookings, cancellation. User can find out availability for entire Advance Reservation Period (of 120 days), except for few trains in improvised page. User can perform multiple activities through booked history with improved interface for cancellation of tickets, printing of tickets, request for additional SMS, selecting alternative train and change of boarding point if required.
Northeast Frontier Railway of Indian Railway has started operating one lease Parcel Cargo Express Train (PCET) connecting northeastern part of the country to West Coast on fortnightly basis. It was launched on line of Government’s priority to provide connectivity to northeast region and empowering local industries of this region.
The PCET will enable farmers from northeast to market their lucrative products like tea, betal nuts, pineapple, jute, horticulture products, cane furniture etc. at retail markets in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Nagpur, Pune. Its route will cover New Guwahati in Assam to Kalyan in Maharashtra.
It will serve as business tool without any additional strain on resources of railways. Moreover, it will help to promote industries of northregion by providing them markets and also provide sustainable job opportunity to local youths including unskilled labour.
The leased PCET will also generate substantial revenue to Indian Railways in their contractual periods of 6 years each. The unit transportation cost through PCET is relatively less than cost of road transportation. Thus, benefiting transporters as well as consumers on account of less transportation cost.
Single PCET can carry consignment equivalent to 52 trucks. This will ensure less carbon emission which will contribute for Green India and saving of foreign exchange on account of purchasing of fuel.