Sify cafés to sell railway tickets

By Indo Asian News Service | Thursday, September 21, 2006 | 6:09:06 PM IST (+05:30 GMT) Comment 0 Comment

New Delhi, Sep 21 (IANS) Leading Internet service producer Sify Limited Thursday tied-up with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to make online railway ticketing services available at over 3,400 iWay cyber cafés across 154 cities with cash payments.

New Delhi, Sep 21 (IANS) Leading Internet service producer Sify Limited Thursday tied-up with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to make online railway ticketing services available at over 3,400 iWay cyber cafés across 154 cities with cash payments.

An agreement to this effect was signed between IRCTC managing director P.K. Goel and Chief of Sify Ltd., Raju Vegesna. A pilot project at 10 iWays was started here.

'This path-breaking initiative is aimed at making railway e-ticketing easier and convenient for our customers across the country,' Goel said at a press conference.

'With this system a customer just needs to visit a Sify café where the host will assist him in buying the tickets by logging onto IRCTC's website and get a cash payment,' Goel added.

The Rs.10 billion IRCTC will charge Rs.25 as surcharge. Sify would charge Rs.15 for ordinary class and Rs.25 for air-conditioned class.

'We have opened 10 iWay cafés and by December we will be able to roll out another 500,' Sify chief Vegesna said.

He emphasized that, 'Currently less than 1 percent of the Indian population holds a credit card and every online booking today needs a credit or a debit card. Hence we have the option of paying in cash so as to reach the common masses.'

The café host will have their own user ID and password to log onto the IRCTC website and to avoid any misuse a customer has the limitation of booking only 10 tickets a month.

According to IRCTC officials, about 26,000 tickets were sold in 2005-06 online and this year their target is 100,000.

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