Booking a ticket on IRCTC website for Tatkal ticket between 8.00 AM to 8.30 AM is never easy. It always reminds me of real situation of India.
These days I have noticed IRCTC website is appealing to its users to save papers. Appeal is requesting do not take print out of your e-ticket. As we know now it is easy to get ticket on a computer in my room instead of getting in long the queue and wait for hours. Now it is time to take one more step ahead. Now we should save papers. Papers are made of trees and we can save trees by not printing e-tickets.
If no one prints an e-ticket we can save daily 3 lakh or 300K or 0.3 million A4 size papers daily. When we travel we from one state to another as from Ahmedabad to Varanasi we take print out of e-ticket as a proof of ticket. But when we book a ticket we get a message from IRCTC with the detail of ticket status. That can be used for ticket proof. So you need to keep that mobile and message with you when you travel. Or if you have tablet PC or smart mobile that can show the ticket on laptop etc. It will work 100%. But the one very important thing is you must carry your ID proof with you. And the ID proof must be valid as voter ID card, PAN card, Driving License, Passport.
Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS) – The printout in standard specified Performa containing reservation particulars, and instructions for use which can be used by the passenger along with the relevant authorized Identification, as travel authority for performing the journey.
Virtual Reservation Message (VRM) – A screen-shot of the e-ticket displayed through laptops/palmtops/ Mobile phone is referred as Virtual Reservation Message (VRM).
ERS/VRM/SMS sent by IRCTC along with any one of the nine prescribed ID proofs in original and the indication of the passenger(s)’ name(s) in the Reservation Chart will authorize the passenger to travel
VRM/ SMS sent by IRCTC combined with valid photo-id in original will be treated as an instrument on par with the ERS.
ERS/VRM/SMS sent by IRCTC along with one of the nine prescribed proofs of identity in original will also authorize the passenger to enter the platform on the day of journey and he/she will not be required to purchase platform ticket. ERS/VRM/SMS sent by IRCTC along with original id proof will be required to be produced on demand of Ticket Checking Staff on the platform.
1) Railway Board Letter No.2008/TG-I/10/P/SMS dated 20.07.2011
2) Railway Board Letter No.2008/TG-I/10/P/SMS dated 01.02.2012