The IRCTC note said if banks are willing to offer zero transaction charges to customers, then it could extent direct debit card integration on the site.
This would mean tickets on these trains are going to cost less than those with pre-booked meals. Passengers, however, cannot change their option during the journey once they opt out.
On Monday morning, railway activist Harsha Shah got hold of one of the staffers working with VMT Caterers and reported him to the authorities and the Railway Protection Force (RPF), following which a non-cognisable offence was registered against the vendor under section 144 (A) of the Railway Act.
The railway ministry in a series of tweets today said these water vending machines (WVMs) will provide clean drinking water at low cost, and that the initiative will help in generating employment for around 2,000 people.
Earlier in the day, the CBI carried out searches at 12 locations after registering a corruption case against former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members including his son Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejaswi Yadav.
Those travelling in Rajdhani and Shatabdi can now pre-order food from a variety of vendors with whom the Indian Railways has collaborated. The list includes McDonald’s, KFC, Switz Foods, Only Alibaba, Dominos, Haldiram, Bikanerwala, Nirualas, Sagar Ratna and Pizza Hut.
IRCTC is offering a promotion offer until September 4 that will give Rs 50 cashback to consumers booking their tickets through mVisa scan and pay on the IRCTC website
Passengers can either order the food online, on call, or through SMS from fast food vendors like KFC, McDonald’s among others.
The modernised kitchen at Mumbai Central will supply food to Mumbai-Delhi August Kranti Rajdhani Express
To promote ease of ticketing through digital transactions, Suresh Prabhu released an app named ‘IRCTC Rail Connect app’.
FreeCharge has announced a partnership with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to provide digital payments for online ticket bookings.
The itinerary has a tariff structure starting from Rs 38,500, IRCTC said in a statement
The wait-listed passengers of AC First Class of Rajdhani trains would not have to pay any additional amount in case they decide to take an Air India flight.
While the purity of the packaged water has come under cloud, the Railways suffered another setback last week when the court allowed the Indian Railway Caterers’ Association to sell bottled water other than ‘Rail Neer’ in Mumbai division.
The bookings are being done by IRCTC and it has firmed up a budget-friendly package for pilgrims, said a senior Railway Ministry official.