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IRCTC - Know how to recharge smart cards online to get unreserved train tickets

Indian Railways has enabled a facility where rail passengers will be able to purchase Unreserved Tickets through Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVMs) at railway stations without the need to stand in a

Rail passengers who possess smart cards for purchasing Unreserved Tickets and Platform Tickets can now recharge them online by registering on "UTSonmobile" web portal, as per a statement issued by the South Central Railway zone.

Earlier, when money in the smart cards got exhausted, rail passengers had to visit the booking counters at railway stations for recharging them.

The online mechanism will help railway passengers avoid standing in queues at the railway station booking counter. Apart from this, it will also help to avoid crowding of the passengers at the station booking counters, particularly during these coronavirus pandemic times, as per the South Central Railways.

How to avail this facility:

1. The rail passenger needs to register on the website

2. Click on the option of "Smart Card Recharge" in the menu.4

3. Payment can be done through all digital options such as Credit Cards, Debit Cards, UPI, Internet Banking, etc.

4. Once the payment is confirmed, money will be deducted and passengers will be prompted to visit ATVM of the concerned zone within a period of 15 days or card expiry, whichever is earlier.

5. When the passenger keeps the smart card on the reader at ATVM and selects "Recharge Smart Card" option, then ATVM will automatically fetch details of online recharge done and the amount will be topped up on ATVM smart card.

6. The smart card balance would be ready for ticketing purposes and it can be used o­n any ATVM of the concerned zone.



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