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Rly e-ticketing hrs extended to attract foreigners

NRIs and foreign tourists wanting to travel by train in India will have easier access to tickets soon. E-ticket booking facilities for trains will now remain open for 23 hours a day. Computers will remain shut for just an hour from 11.30 pm to 00.30 am for enabling date change.

delhi Updated: Jun 10, 2010 01:20 IST
Srinand Jha

NRIs and foreign tourists wanting to travel by train in India will have easier access to tickets soon.

E-ticket booking facilities for trains will now remain open for 23 hours a day. Computers will remain shut for just an hour from 11.30 pm to 00.30 am for enabling date change.

Currently, e-ticketing facilities are unavailable from 11.30 pm to 5 am. Given the time difference, booking facilities for rail travel in India remains unaccessible for a major part of the day for residents of countries like the UK and the US.

The extended timing for e-ticketing will be implemented this month, a ministry official said. From 1.99 lakh bookings in 2002-03, e-ticketing has marked an exponential growth over the years. During 2009-10, e-ticket bookings touched a figure of 719.60 lakh.

The concept of e-ticketing became a runaway hit after May 2008, when the Railways permitted the purchase of wait-listed e-tickets. E-tickets comprise approximately 22 per cent of the total reserved ticketing of the Indian Railways.

Officials believe, with the extended hours, e-ticketing growth will witness another surge as domestic travellers too will get attracted to use the facility.

The Railways are also tweaking procedures to ensure that the facility does not get restricted to one section of passengers.

For addressing this lacuna, student identity cards (with photograph) and passbook holders from nationalised banks (with photographs) will also be treated as authorised documents for train travel on e-tickets.

Fresh directives in the regard will be issued this month, officials said.