NEW DELHI, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- If you are planning a train journey in India, you no longer need to stand in long queues to purchase a ticket. All you need is to send an SMS from your mobile phone.
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, a subsidiary of the state-owned Indian Railways, Tuesday launched an SMS ticket booking service in collaboration with the country's largest private bank, the ICICI Bank.
A bank account holder will only have to send an SMS to 139 with his ticket requirements and it will be booked. The bank will deduct the fare directly from the person's account who will subsequently get a confirmation SMS.
"This service provides a convenient way to book rail tickets without using Internet," the executive director of ICICI Bank, Rajiv Sabharwal, told the media.
The Indian Railways is one of the world's largest railway networks, comprising 115,000 km of tracks over a route of 65,000 kms and 7,500 stations. It ferries over 25 million passengers every day.