No ID proof for IRCTC/railway ticket booked online – Aadhar might be a quick solution

Recently a relative and family visited me and they had some change of travel plans. I booked tickets for them using irctc web site, only after booking did I know that they did not have any valid ID proof acceptable by Indian railways. Photocopies are not acceptable FYI.

As per the FAQ of irctc at https://www.irctc.co.in/beta_htmls/etktfaq.html#Q6 

6.What if I forget to carry Photo Identity card?

A. One of the passenger booked on an E-ticket in a PNR is required to present any of the ten identity cards noted below in original during the train journey and same will be accepted as a proof of identity failing which the passenger will be treated as travelling without ticket and shall be dealt as per extant Railway Rules. Valid Ids:- Passport / Voter photo identity card issued by Election Commission of India / Driving Licence issued by RTO / Pan Card issued by Income Tax Department / Photo Identity card having serial number issued by Central / State Government / Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School/College for their students / Nationalized Bank Passbook with photographs / Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph /Unique Identification Card “Aadhaar” / Photo identity cards having serial number issued by public sector Undertakings of State/Central Government, District Administrations, Municipal bodies and Panchayat Administrations.

So if you have taken Aadhar card but you don’t have it at hand, you can go in for eaadhar, which can be obtained from https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/

But mind it, you need know your aadhar number and your phone number registered with  UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India). The mobile number is used to send the OTP for downloading the eaadhar pdf. Once you download it put it on dropbox or google drive or just plain mail it to yourself so that it can be downloaded and printed as long as you have net connection and printer. The password for the aadhar pdf file is the PIN code of you gave for your address.

If you don’t have your mobile to receive the OTP you’ll need the enrolment id which is even more difficult to have unless you have scanned it or have it with you.

Coming back to the problem faced by my relative, she did not have her aadhar number, but was able to call home and get it and had the same mobile registered with UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India). I got the eeaadhar and had a color inkjet printer. So printed it out and cut the ID portion of the page put it into a transparent plastic cover to look like original. Legally e-aadhar is considered legal and valid id proof as per the following links
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/eaadhaar-valid-proofs-of-identity-address/article4869807.ece

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/rbi-tells-banks-to-accept-eaadhaar-as-valid-document/article5749785.ece

But we know its India, if you just take a black and white printout and the TTE might say its not original, so better take a good color printout, laminate it if possible and then you can use it as original.

And yes, my relative was asked for id proof and TTE happily checked it and went ahead or she would have ended up with a huge fine and harrasment.

Train Timings from Quilandy / Quilandi (Indian Railway Code QLD)

I had to wait for quite some time for my train to Mangalore, thought to make the time worthwhile. Just jotted down the timings from the board on to my Treo using Documents To Go excel.Man.. I had to retype it all. Copy paste from excel does not work.

Train No. Route (Towards Mangalore) Train Name Days Time Notes
6334 Trivandrum- Happa   Tue 1:00  
6336 Nagarcoil – Gandhidam   Wed 1:00  
6338 Ernakulam-Okha   Thu,Sat 1:00  
6329 Trivandrum-Mangalore Malabar Express Daily 5:15  
619 Calicut-Kannur   Daily 7:08  
6347 Trivandrum-Mangalore   Daily 6:45  
2601 Chennai-Mangalore CHENNAI MAIL Daily 8:15 Super Fast-mail
6349 Trivandrum-Mangalore Parasuram Express Daily 16:15  
2617 Ernakulam-Nizamudin MNGLA LKSDP EXP Daily 17:45 Super Fast-mail
6607 Chennai(Egmore)-Mangalore   Daily 17:25  
611 Coimbatore-Kannur   Daily 19:00  
6307 Aleppy-Kannur Execuive Express Daily 21:50  
387 Coimbatore-Mangalore CBE MAQ FAST PASSENGER Daily 13:46  
6604 Trivandrum-Mangalore Maveli Express Daily 4:20  
615 Trichur-Kannur   Daily 10:17  
625 Calicut-Kannur   Daily 15:17  
Train No. Route (Towards Shornur) Train Name Days Time Notes
6308 Kannur-Aleppy Execuive Express Daily 16:10  
610 Kannur-Coimbatore   Daily 7:18  
           
2618 Nizamudin-Ernakulam MNGLA LKSDP EXP Daily 4:20 Super Fast-mail
6350 Mangalore-Trivandrum Parasuram Express Daily 8:02  
6608 Mangalore-Chennai(Egmore)   Daily 10:35  
2602 Mangalore-Chennai CHENNAI MAIL Daily 16:55 Super Fast-mail
6333 Happa-Trivandrum   Fri 17:15  
6335 Gandhidam – Nagarcoil   Sat 17:15  
6337 Okha-Ernakulam   Tue,Sun 17:15  
6348 Mangalore-Trivandrum   Daily 18:27  
622 Kannur-Calicut   Daily 19:52  
6330 Trivandrum-Mangalore   Daily 22:15  
388 Mangalore-Coimbatore   Daily 12:48  
6603 Mangalore -Trivandrum Maveli Express Daily 21:40  
616 Kannur- Shornur   Daily 16:23  
624 Mangalore-Calicut   Daily 10:27  
           

Please do point out the mistakes if there are any. I got to add the train names too ! I feel it would be great to have timings for all stations in this format. As its easily rendered on any mobile device and no javascript required.