Train e-ticket booking crosses a record 5.72 lakh on single day

A record 5.72 lakh online train tickets were booked on Monday, the highest in a single day for Railways.

The e-ticketing website of IRCTC booked the highest ever e-tickets on a single day on Monday. The record booking of 5.72 lakh e-tickets have been achieved on September 2, surpassing the earlier record of 5.04 lakhs on August 12, this year, said a senior IRCTC official.

This is the third time more than 5 lakh tickets have been booked on a single day this year, the first time was on March 1, 2013. IRCTC has booked a total of 135 lakh e-tickets with an average of 4.34 lakh per day in August this year against a total of 123 lakh e-tickets with an average of 3.99 lakh daily in the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of about 10 per cent in booking.

The overall daily average booking was around 3.85 lakhs last year 2012-13. The total number of passengers booked by IRCTC has also gone up to 233 lakh in August 2013 against 220 lakhs achieved in August 2012.

IRCTC has also recently launched the SMS-based ticketing through which one can book a train ticket with a basic feature mobile phone, by sending simple SMSes.

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Railways scrap plan to launch own ticketing site

After months of trials, Railways has decided against creating a new e-ticketing website and will instead revamp the existing IRCTC website portal with more user-friendly applications.

“There were series of trials for launching a new e-ticketing site and in fact the new site was operational for a few days also. But we have to stop it as there are several functional problems,” said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the online ticketing project.

Two years back, Railways had decided to sell e-tickets directly from its own website instead of using IRCTC portal to sell train tickets in the wake of increasing demand of online tickets and large-scale complaints against IRCTC website.

Two years back, Railways had decided to sell e-tickets directly from its own website instead of using IRCTC portal.

The commission rate was also supposed to be Rs 10 per online ticket as against Rs 20 charged by Railways subsidiary IRCTC at present.

“Now we have decided not to have a separate e-ticketing site. But the existing IRCTC site will be completely revamped with new interface and front-end application,” he said.

About the proposed low commission rate, the official said it will remain same at Rs 20.

Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS), the IT arm of Railways, is developing software and application code for the IRCTC site. The exercise is estimated to cost Rs 80 crore which IRCTC will bear.

“The intellectual property right of the new site will remain with Railways,” the official said.

Currently, about 4.5 lakh ticket bookings, which is about 40 per cent of total bookings, are done through IRCTC website.

With the growing demand for e-tickets, Railways have decided to make the new IRCTC site capable of daily handling eight lakh online tickets.

IRCTC, CRIS and the IT department of Railway are working in coordination on the project and the new portal with several passenger-friendly features for instant ticketing will be launched shortly, the official said.

Record booking of 4.95 lakh e-tickets on July 13

Nearly five lakh train tickets were booked through the IRCTC’s e-ticketing website on July 13, a record single-day booking.

The website has achieved a record booking of 4.95 lakh e-tickets involving more than nine lakh passengers on last Friday, a senior IRCTC official said.

The IRCTC had recorded an average of 4.47 lakh e-tickets per day since the new timing for Tatkal tickets came into force on July 10 as against the 3.60 lakh average earlier.

Recently, Railways and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation have taken a slew of measures to help genuine customers to get tickets and to prevent unauthorised persons from booking them.

The opening timing of booking advance reservation period and Tatkal tickets have been segregated to 8 AM and 10 AM, respectively. Agents have been barred from booking tickets during initial two hours after the opening of counters and on the internet.

In order to improve the availability of website during the initial peak hours, IRCTC has augmented the infrastructure capacity including hardware, software and internet bandwidth.

With the implementation of above measures, the earlier abnormal pressure on the website has been reduced to a great extent, the official said.

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