IRCTC e-ticket Sales Collection Witness A Steady Increase, To Touch Rs 27000-Crin 2016-17

The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the rail ministry e-ticketing wing, is expecting ticket sales worth Rs 27,000 crore in the financial year 2016-17. It is expected to have a jump of 20% from Rs 22,500 crore worth of tickets sold in the previous financial year i.e. 2015-16.

IRCTC claims that 200 million tickets were booked in the last financial year as compared to 183 million tickets in the previous financial year. In the current financial year the number of tickets booked should go up by 20-25 million.

Speaking on the launch of the facility of ticket booking for foreign tourists through credit cards, Indian Railways official said that the IRCTC’s total income jumped by 34% to Rs 1,490 crore in  2015-16 from Rs 1,100 crore in the previous fiscal year. IRCTC currently charges Rs 40 as service charge for every non-AC class ticket booked and Rs 60 for every AC class ticket.

Clarifying the recent media reports, on suspected hacking of IRCTC website where personal data of around 10 million users were feared to have been lost, Manocha said that the system and the data related to ticketing were  safe on the website and there is no need for panic. Such incidents of hacking on IRCTC website are common. Someone shared a screen shot of data that was supposed to be leaked. Data of 23 users were found to be matching with IRCTC’s data. This data included names, mobile numbers, date of birth and residence state of 4-5 of the users. Officials said that this is very common on the IRCTC website as there are 38 attacks from hackers on a daily basis.

The IRCTC director also announced that IRCTC in a month’s time will launch a new mobile application that would allow users to book airlines tickets directly through the IRCTC platform. In addition to this there are also plans of setting up vending machines as pilot projects on eight railways station in the near future.

Apart from this, IRCTC also plans to introduce packages with several schemes like Educational Tour Schemes, Chartered Trains, Buddhist Circuit Trains, Luxury Trains, South Indian Tour Trains and North Indian Tour Trains. It also plans to make available chilled bottled water at the platforms at minimal cost. Indian Railways ferries about 23 million passengers everyday and employs about 1.3 million people. Indian Railways is one of the largest network of railways in the world, with a huge ticketing system, having a special plans of increasing the limit of its online ticket sale.

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