The online ticket sell of Indian railway has gained a well pace, with the service registering about 100 percent growth rates.
For the first two months of the current fiscal, sales have more than doubled against the same period last year. In May 2006, about 3.97 lakh passengers used the Net to book their tickets against 1.81 lakh in May 2005. Similarly, in April 2006, 4.04 lakh passengers resorted to the Net avoiding the long winding queues against 1.95 lakh in April last year. The trend was reflected in 2005-06, with ticket sales through the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website registering over 100 per cent growth over the previous fiscal. The total ticket sales through the Internet in 2005-06 was 25.73 lakh compared to 12.81 lakh in 2004-05. In 2003-04, it was at 7.28 lakh. The growth story is not limited to the metros but the share of smaller cities has been going up very fast.