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Mobiles take centrestage in Rail Budget 2012

Mobile phones, undoubtedly are making their presence felt in the bigger picture; and at the Rail Budget today, ...

March 14, 2012 / 06:50 PM IST

Mobile phones, undoubtedly are making their presence felt in the bigger picture; and at the Rail Budget today, it seemed to have taken the centrestage. In his speech today, Indian Railway minister, Dinesh Trivedi revealed that an SMS on a passenger's mobile phone can now be presented as a valid proof of reservation in case of an e-ticket. That being said, however, passengers will still be required to carry a valid identification document, like voter ID card, passport, PAN card etc, along with them.This move, he believes will make travel by the Indian railways more passenger-friendly. In addition to that, the new Rail Budget also includes provisions for satellite based real time train information system (SIMRAN). a system, which will ensure that passengers receive real time data, by the way of an SMS, Internet, among other things. Passengers can also look forward to the new 'Book-a-meal' scheme, which will be implemented with a view to offer passengers multiple meal choices, through SMS, or e-mail.

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