Internet company Sify has announced its tie up with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to make online railway ticketing service available at over 3,400 iWay cybercafes across 154 cities, on cash payments.
As the first step, a pilot project at 10 iWays in Delhi has been kicked-off. Users can approach Sify iWay where the cafe administrator would book the railway ticket online, based on particulars such as date of travel and destination. The customer then pays cash against the ticket and collects the ticket printout. In case of ticket cancellations, the customers will follow the standard cancellation process of IRCTC after which the customer gets cash against the cancellation. But the convenience of e-Ticketing would come at a price. Users opting to book e-Tickets through the cash mode would have to shell out a transaction charge of Rs 15 in case of a sleeper class ticket and Rs 25 in case of AC ticket. This is over and above the stipulated e-Ticket charges of Rs 25 and Rs 40 for these two categories, respectively, in addition to the cost of the ticket itself. It is pertinent to mention that a maximum of six passengers can be booked under one ticket.