Indian Railways has added a new facility for passengers to help them discover stations and purchase tickets. Travellers may now order tickets even if they don’t know the specific names of their journey’s train stops. This feature connects well-known locales to related station names.
For example, if a passenger enters popular destinations such as Vaishno Devi, Badrinath, Khatu Shyam, or Noida, the ticket purchasing platform would display the nearby railway station, making it simpler to discover the specific booking station.
The Indian Railways said in a statement – “For the convenience of passengers’ identification of small stations with popular areas/cities, Indian Railways has adopted an innovative approach of linking popular sites with station names. This new approach would help in better planning of the journey and personalized passenger experience in ticket booking on the website and Mobile app. It would also facilitate tourists as station search will get easier. Also, better connectivity will be available for passengers. This facility will be available from July 21, 2023,”
The statement also added- “ This initiative also includes linking of a satellite city to connecting railway stations – eg, Noida to New Delhi. Sometimes, Local/ popular names are different from railway station names leading to confusion while journey planning hence linking will eliminate confusion. To accomplish the objective, application changes in technology have been done and 175 popular cities/areas have been linked with 725 stations. These changes have been incorporated in the journey planner station search of the e-ticket booking website The functionality shall be displayed on the journey planner and electronic reservation slip of the ticket”.
Furthermore, the new feature will be especially useful for people intending to order tickets from freshly renamed stations, as they may be unaware of the changed names. To solve this issue, the railways have identified 175 major cities and localities, each having 725 stations. These enhancements have been smoothly incorporated into the e-ticket buying website’s trip planner station search, and travellers will see this feature reflected on the journey planner and electronic reservation slip of their ticket.
This functionality will be available on both the IRCTC website and the mobile app for your convenience.
Passengers have expressed concern over Rani Kamlapati station in Bhopal, which was formerly known as Habibganj station, and Mughalsarai station in Bihar, which is now known as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya junction. Jhansi station has also been called Virangana Lakshmibai Jhansi Junction.
With the new system, a traveller entering a big city name such as Bhopal, Delhi, or Mumbai will receive a list of essential stations nearby, simplifying the booking process.