Indian Railways has made the Tatkal train tickets easier with launch of IRCTC initiative. Any of the passanger can now book online rail ticket and amount can be paid later.
IRCTC users will be able to pay for tickets via cash or a debit or credit card by opting to have tickets delivered at their doorstep, stated a release by Anduril Technologies, a company which extended the service to the general e-ticket booking, but not those who booked Tatkal .
IRCTC processes 1,30,000 Tatkal transactions daily, and a majority of these tickets are booked within minutes of Tatkal quota being opened for booking.
The digital delivery of ticket happens immediately through a short message service or e-mail, although the collection of payment happens within 24 hours of the booking.Customers can also pay online through a payment link that will be sent to them at time of booking and get ₹ 50 off if they pay within four hours of booking.
In a related move, IRCTC has also introduced a scheme of booking e-ticket online and making payment after 15 days through ‘ePaylater’ powered by Arthashastra Fintech as a pilot project. Under this scheme, a customer has the option to pay after 15 days of booking an e-ticket through IRCTC website.
The service charge levied on using ‘ePaylater’ scheme is 3.5 per cent of transaction amount and applicable taxes.