Every Indian can proudly say that the Indian railway is the worlds second largest railway system. If going by figures it covers, 6853 stations and 63028 kilometers of track distance, carrying a load of 37840 passengers and around 500 tons of freight annually.
With this huge magnitude our railway system faced a problem of a complete and fast reservation system, which has been started as PRS (Passenger reservation system) in 1985 and was formed around the objective of providing reserved reservation to the train travelers. Even after a lot of pilots done for this system it fell short of the expectations as it was not automated and hence efficient.
Due to the efforts put in this direction now reserved ticketing for anywhere in India is possible through a network of booking terminals and Interactive Voice response systems on telephone, or touch screens or passenger operated enquiry terminals.
Now one can easily plan the journey comfortably as the process is efficient and fast with being easy to access. Reservations can be made through the Indian railways site or at the ample reservation centers all over the country. Also now there are authorized agencies which provide reservation facility on behalf of India railways and without waiting in long line one can easily book a ticket. The booking is done through an E-Ticket issue which have a PNR number of which one has to take a print and just have to show at the station.
It not only reservation but cancellation can also be done through this system at ease and one can use a credit card to complete the process.
This being a big step in terms of improvement in the railway system it is widely accepted across the country.
Author is an associate editor of Railways Reservation The website offers exclusive information of Online Train Tickets We also provide information about online reservation Railways Time Table.