ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railway has expedited a project for introducing an electronic ticketing system which is expected to be operational in June.
The work on the project has almost completed and the new e-ticketing system would enable the passengers to purchase tickets from Railways Centers across the country, sources in the Ministry of Railways told APP on Friday.
They said United Bank Limited (UBL) has offered its services regarding e-ticketing, however, other banks will be welcomed in case of competitive charges.
The tender for electronic ticketing has already been taken by the UBL and the system will be launched soon. After this the
passenger will be able to purchase railway ticket from any shop authorized by Pakistan Railways.
It is not the first time that the Ministry of Railways planned for such type of initiative. Dated back in 2008, same decisions and announcements were made but later on revoked due to change in management.
The current government has been adopting measures to make Pakistan Railways profitable and for this purpose investment for modernizing the organization was being made, the sources said.
The portfolio and feasibility reports for the electronic ticketing system have already been completed and other formalitiesto initiate the step are under consideration.
The electronic ticketing system has been already introduced in various public departments in shape of e-challan, e-token at the toll plaza and various other public service departments.
Once launched, electronic ticketing system will assist the passengers a lot, enabling them to make online reservation, check schedules, save their times and plan their trips in a better way.