"It was a rail budget commitment which was fulfilled today (Wednesday)," Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda said after launching the next generation e-ticketing system in New Delhi.
    
The new system developed by Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) with an estimated cost of Rs 180 crore would allow booking of 7200 tickets per minute against 2000 tickets in the old system.
    
With the launch of the system, now 1,20,000 concurrent users can book e-tickets simultaneously against the earlier capacity of 40,000 concurrent users at a time.
    
Expressing his happiness on the successful implementation of the faster e-ticketing system which was part of the Rail Budget Proposal, Gowda said "budget was presented two months and five days ago in Parliament, and today (Wednesday) we are launching it."
    
He hoped that all budget proposals would be implemented before the next budget for which only six months are left.

Railways Minister Sadanand Gowda launched e-ticketing system on Wednesday
Gowda says rail budget commitment fulfilled
Through new system 1,20,000 concurrent users can book e-tickets simultaneously
Tiring procedure of booking train ticket through IRCTC website thing of past now
Online system e-Demand and e-Diversion for freight service also launched
Gowda says welfare of Indian railways always in PM Modi’s mind
Gowda also suggested education to children of railway staff through optic fibre cable network

Besides e-ticketing, Gowda launched a series of IT-enabled initiatives for rail users including train enquiry mobile application and Go-India smart card.
    
Online system like e-Demand and e-Diversion for freight service was also launched by Gowda booking wagons and making payment without going to counters.
    
"Railways is part and parcel of development. It is in the mind of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM said all operational part of railways should be covered through online system," the
Railway minister said.


    
Emphasising state-of-the-art solution in rail sector to bring about operational efficiency, Gowda said "I have envisaged hospital management information system for the railway staff."
    
He also suggested education to children of railway staff through optic fibre cable network.
    
Gowda also announced cash awards of Rs 5 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh for CRIS and IRCTC respectively for their commendable work.

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