The Ministry of Railways has started, on a pilot basis, a project under which SMS messages would be sent to passengers informing them about train cancellation in case the train in which they have booked their tickets for is cancelled.
Under the pilot project, the SMS messages are being sent to those passengers who are boarding at originating station. At a later stage, this will be extended to cover enroute stations also.
The service has been commenced on an all-India basis, an official press release said.
The SMS will be sent to the mobile numbers entered by passengers in reservation slips while buying tickets from PRS counters or while purchasing online e-tickets.
The cancellation information would be sent quite in advance to the passengers for their convenience so that it may help them plan alternative arrangements in time.
"To avail this facility, passengers are advised to invariably mention their mobile numbers on the reservation slips," the release said.
The software for this service has been developed by Center for Railway information systems (CRIS), the information technology (IT) wing of the Indian Railways.