More and more Mumbaiites prefer to go online to book railway tickets instead of standing in serpentine queues, the latest statistics from the Central Railway show.
In the first three months of the past year, share of e-tickets in the total number of tickets booked has increased to 25 per cent, compared with 20 per cent in the same period of 2009.
The total number of e-tickets bought between January and March 2010 has also risen by 35.45 per cent, compared to 2009.
“The reason for the increase in number of passengers booking tickets using the Internet is that people have realised the benefits of online booking system over standing in queues. We see this as good trend,” said CR chief PRO, S Mudgerikar.
In 2009, passengers booking tickets — that also includes those, which are on waiting list — was 24.57 lakh, while 33.28 lakh passengers used the Internet booking system in 2010. The growth in earnings through e-ticketing has also risen from Rs 115.25 crore in 2009 to Rs 149.47 crore in 2010. E-ticketing was introduced in February 2006.
The number of tickets bought through the Passenger Reservation Service system has also gone up. In 2009 there were 95 lakh passengers who brought tickets standing at booking counters, while in 2010, the number was at 99 lakh.