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Buy train tickets at city petrol pumps

The six places where one can buy tickets is at BPCL pumps in Juhu, Bandra, Matunga, Andheri, Kurla, Versova, reports Rajendra Aklekar.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2007 19:48 IST

Buy a train ticket as you are refueling your car at the nearest petrol pump. The Indian Railways has tied up with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) to issue tickets through a chain of petrol stations and cooking gas distribution outlets across the country. Of the 38 places in India, six petrol pumps in Mumbai will have the facility.

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has signed an agreement with BPCL last week. A memorandum of understanding to this effect was signed by IRCTC managing director PK Goel and BPCL executive director (retail) Sanjay Krishnamurti in New Delhi last week.

“Anybody can go to a nearest location, pay cash and take the ticket,” IRCTC managing director PK Goel said, adding that the initiative would was part of Railways' efforts to make available “ticket at doorsteps.”

Customers will get computer printouts of tickets after paying a nominal service charge of Rs 15 for the second class and Rs 25 for the air-conditioned classes. The payment can be done using credit cards and debit cards also.
 
The infrastructure and booking staff for the e-ticketing project will be arranged for by BPCL, which will operate on a commission-sharing basis with IRCTC.

“The six locations where one can buy tickets while refueling is at BPCL petrol pumps at Juhu, Bandra, Matunga, Andheri, Kurla, Versova,”  IRCTC group general manager Rajiv Dutt Sharma told HT.

“I am sure this facility of getting a railway ticket without coming to the station will be of great convenience to the general public,” he added.