In order to make bookings simpler, the Indian Railways have come up with a new facility for Tatkal tickets. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) has introduced a facility on its website which is book now, pay later. Now, one can book an e-ticket and can pay the fare within 15 days through the website. Till now, this option to pay later was available only for general reservations.
Rajen Gohain, Minister of State for Railways, informed the Lok Sabha on Wednesday in a written reply to a question. Now, while booking an e-ticket, the user will have an ‘ePaylater’ scheme and a service charge of 3.5 per cent is levied on the transaction apart from other taxes.
According to IRCTC payment provider Andruil Technologies, while booking a tatkal ticket, IRCTC users can pay the fare amount via cash, debit card or credit card and can have tickets delivered at their doorstep.
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Around 130,000 tatkal transactions are processed by IRCTC per day and the majority of the tickets get booked as soon as the quota opens. At times, due to various reasons, the ticket is not issued even after the money is debited, the new feature will eliminate such transaction failures.
Anduril Technologies CEO Anurag Bajpai said, “The pay on delivery feature completely circumvents the use of a payment gateway and will help users make the bookings in just a few seconds greatly increasing their chance of booking a confirmed ticket under the tatkal quota”. He added that millions of travellers will be benefitted by this new scheme.