Railways to launch speedier ticketing portal

Failed transactions during online booking of train tickets would be a thing of the past now as the Indian Railways is working on a brand new ticketing website that promises to be three times faster than the existing IRCTC ticketing portal.

The larger plan is to phase out the present IRCTC site. And if all goes well, the new portal would start functioning by November, according to officials.

In a step towards setting up a new portal, its Beta version (development stage) would be available on the http://www.irctc. co.in. The users wanting a new booking experience different from the present Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) site can access it.

“When the user reaches the home page of the IRCTC website, he/she will have two options- one will be the regular website and another link that will invite the user to ‘’try out a new experience’’,” said an official.

Being developed by Centre for Railway I nformation Systems (CRIS)-the IT wing of Indian Railways, this new site is based on a new programming. In this, a separate journey planning would be available from the ticket booking stage so as to ease out the booking process.

From the existing 2,000 tickets per minute, the idea is to create a system that would enable the website to book a minimum 7,000 tickets per minute by using a massive server and firewall augmentation.

“The aim is to achieve user delight through technology solutions in Railways,” he said.

It’s worth mentioning that IRCTC-Indian Railways only electronically booking portal powered by CRIS books nearly five lakh ticket per day, making it the largest e-commerce venture, not only in the country but also globally. Recently CRIS signed a pact with its German counterpart DB Systel that will collaborate in technology transfer for Indian Railway’s IT upgrade.

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