UTS – UNRESERVED TICKETING SYSTEM
Twenty one million passengers travel daily on Indian Railways using the unreserved journey facility. An unreserved ticket authorizes these journeys but as the name implies, offers no reserved seats or berths. The ticket is not specific to a train service either. This facility is predominantly used by commuters and suburban travellers – over short distances where assured seating is not a necessity. It is also available to lower income groups travelling longer distances and connects the rural hinterland to districts, towns and cities. Tickets are issued to the unreserved passenger any time of day or night as booking offices remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) caters to this segment of the market and seeks to provide a centrally administered computerized ticketing system over the entire Indian Railways. Today more than ninety percent of the unreserved tickets are sold through this system. The ability of the system to deliver ticketing at remote corners of the country and provide uninterrupted services everywhere has been lauded by the Government of India. The project, along with the CRIS team responsible for its initial design and implementation, won the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration. Details regarding the project are provided here and, if you have any questions or want to contact us, please email us at [email protected]