Online Reservation Picks Up Pace

Pune: | Updated: Nov 29 2002, 05:30am hrs
With the online booking of railway reservation tickets picking up, the daily collection has crossed Rs 18 lakh. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) selling about 1100 tickets every day through this channel. The service is also becoming popular among the foreign tourists with the tickets being delivered at their hotels. Around 100 foreigners book their tickets online every week, said IRCTC deputy general manager J Vinayan.

The online booking channel was launched in Delhi in August this year and has since then been introduced in eight more centres. Pune is the the tenth city in the country to have the online booking facility which begins from December 1, 2002. The facility is also being introduced in Nagpur, Ahmedabad and Baroda. By the end of the present financial year, the online booking facility will be available at 25 centres including Chandigarh, Thiruvanantha-puram, Jaipur and Goa, Mr Vinayan said.

The IRCTC Website books tickets on payment through credit cards using the ICICI payment gateway. The tickets are then couriered within 24 hours to the persons home address or office address, as per instructions.