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`Office on wheels' for business travellers

08 July 2014

A major initiative proposed by the railway minister is providing paperless offices and new mobile-based services on trains, in order to add best value to business travellers.

Gowda said the Indian Railways proposes to provide workstations in select trains on payment basis. Presenting the Railway Budget 2014-15 in Parliament today he said, a pilot project will be launched by this year.

He said the railways is also planning a computer-assisted ERP solution, so that synergy is brought in. To begin with, following initiatives will be taken up:

  • Moving towards paperless offices in Indian Railways in 5 years;
  • Next generation ticket reservation system;
  • Wi-fi services in all A1 and A category stations and in select trains;
  • Real-time tracking of trains and rolling stock;
  • Mobile-based wake-up call System for passengers;
  • Mobile-based destination arrival alert;
  • Station navigation information system;
  • Extension of dual display fare repeaters at all the ticket counters through PPP;
  • Digital reservation charts at stations (Bengaluru model);
  • Extension of computerised parcel management system;
  • Extension of logistics support to various e-commerce companies by providing designated pick-up centres at identified  stations; and
  • Providing education to children of railway staff at remote locations through Railtel OFC (optical fibre cable) network.

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