September 21, 2008

Railway E-Ticket Earning Shoots Up to 25 Per Cent

PUNE: Vivek Mahajan, a senior citizen living in Dhankawdi travels frequently by train. However, he does not take a ride to the reservation counter, he simply uses the e-ticketing facility.

Like Mahajan, there are large number of passengers opting for e- ticketing way for reservation of their railway journey tickets. As a result, the share of earning from e-ticketing has gone up to 25 per cent of the total reservation earnings.

"The e-ticketing facility was introduced a couple of years back by the railway ministry and is now doing well. In Pune division, this year, the earnings through e-ticketing have gone up to 25 per cent of the total reservation earnings. The share has gone up by over 15 per cent in the last 18 to 20 months.

Earlier, the earnings through e-ticketing were recorded around 10 per cent. And it is expected to go up further in the days to come," said Y.K. Singh, public relations officer of the Pune railway division.

"The Pune division has recorded passenger reservation earnings of Rs 80 crore between April and August 2008. Out of this, nearly Rs 20 crore have been collected through e-ticketing. The earnings have gone up by Rs 6 crore compared to last year. The number of reservations have also gone by four lakh this year.

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