Indian Railways is set to revolutionize the digital experience for commuters with the imminent launch of an all-encompassing 'super app.' The initiative, driven by the need to streamline and unify its diverse range of services, aims to consolidate over twelve existing mobile applications into a single, user-friendly platform.
In a strategic move towards enhancing user convenience, the forthcoming Super App will amalgamate an array of features, including ticket booking and train tracking, presently scattered across multiple apps. According to a prominent government official, this consolidation not only eliminates the hassle of juggling between various applications but also opens avenues for improved synergy and monetization.
Taking the lead in the development of this groundbreaking app is the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), the technological arm of the Railway Ministry. The move involves integrating existing applications such as Rail Madad, UTS, National Train Enquiry System, IRCTC Rail Connect, IRCTC eCatering Food on Track, and IRCTC Air into the all-encompassing Super App.
The estimated financial commitment for the development and maintenance of this consolidated platform over the next three years stands at approximately ₹90 crore. Among the current lineup of apps, IRCTC Rail Connect stands out as the most popular, boasting over 100 million downloads. Recognized as the primary platform for reserved rail ticket bookings, its integration into the Super App is anticipated to further streamline and simplify the ticket reservation process for millions of users.
This ambitious step by Indian Railways not only shows a dedication to modernizing the passenger experience but also reflects a forward-looking approach to harnessing technology for the efficient management of railway services. The Super App is poised to emerge as a game-changer, ushering in a new era of digital convenience for railway commuters across the nation.