There is hope for those without credit cards who wish to avoid lengthy queues at railway ticket booking counters. Sify Ltd has joined hands with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to make online railway ticketing services available at over 3,400 iWay cafes across 154 cities in the country with cash payments. A pilot project at 10 iWay cafes in Delhi was launched on September 21.
Commenting on the tie-up, P K Goel, Managing Director, IRCTC, said, “This path-breaking initiative is aimed at making railway e-ticketing easier and convenient for our customers across the country. They no longer have to worry about using credit cards or having a net banking facility which is restricted to those with access to computers at home or in office. Instead, they can simply make the online bookings and make convenient cash payment at Sify iWays. The reach and network of Sify iWays is sure to make a difference by enabling access to this online service to the masses.”
He further said that eight lakh tickets were booked everyday, out of which only 25,000 were booked online. With only 1 per cent of the population having credit cards, it was considered to be a big barrier to increase the number of online bookings.
Raju Vegesna, MD & CEO, Sify Ltd, said, “This tie-up will make online rail ticketing facility accessible to the common man through our wide reach of over 3,400 iWays cafes across 154 cities. This the first of many new initiatives planned to transform our iWay cafes from being points for Internet access to what we like to call ‘eStores’, with all manner of electronic distribution and fulfilment of services.”
In addition to the cost of the ticket, Sify iWay charges Rs 15 for a sleeper class ticket and Rs 25 for an AC class ticket.