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From ‘in-line’,train passengers go online to book tickets

Gone are the days when passengers would sweat it out on railway platforms to book a train ticket or shell out extra cash to travel agents. Embracing the concept of online e-tickets...

Written by RituSharma | Chandigarh | Published: February 16, 2009 3:14 am

Gone are the days when passengers would sweat it out on railway platforms to book a train ticket or shell out extra cash to travel agents. Embracing the concept of online e-tickets,70 per cent of train travellers now use www.irctc.co.in.

The reasons: concepts like ‘loyalty customers’ on ‘Shubh Yatra’ with incentive points scored for every ticket booked online and relaxed norms on identity verification,among others. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) has relaxed the identity proof norm for passengers travelling on an e-ticket. While on board a train,the passengers are now given the liberty to submit any authorised proof,including a passport,Identity card,Driving Licence,PAN card and Voter Card,for verification,irrespective of which identity poof was used while booking the ticket.

“We received several complaints from e-ticket travellers about the hassles in proving ones identity. The decision was taken last month to make travel easier,” said IRCTC Chief Regional Manager Aneet Dulat.

For the passengers,the relaxed norms come as a sign of relief.

“I often get my train tickets booked online. This is a welcome step by the IRCTC as we tend to forget the same ID proof while on board a train,” said Avinash Bhandari,a resident of Sector 8,Panchkula.

The introduction of the scheme ‘Shubh Yatra’ also deserves credit for passengers preferring the online mode of ticket booking. Some points are added each time a customer books an online ticket. On the accumulation of certain points,the customer can redeem the ticket fare.

“As many as 45,000 people have already enrolled for the scheme launched four months ago,It is applicable for the AC,AC-I,AC-II,Executive and Chair Car classes,” added Dulat.

While online tickets were earlier a hit with super fast trains (Shatabdi and Jan Shatabdi),the passengers travelling in express trains are also gradually going the online way.

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