Patna (PNBE): The e-ticketing facility provided by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) through its website www.irctc.co.in has proved a boon for train travellers. IRCTC created a record on April 1 by booking about 14 lakh journey tickets on a single day, said IRCTC manager Sandip Dutta.
Encouraged by the transparency in the ticket booking system, IRCTC e-ticketing has taken a paradigm shift towards digitization even in remote locations across the country. Dutta said IRCTC, under the ministry of railways, continues to be the country’s largest travel and ticketing site. Recently, it joined hands with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the ministry of cultural affairs. ASI has awarded the work of e-ticketing at Taj Mahal in Agra and Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi to IRCTC which is likely to extend it to other monuments in the country, including those located in Bihar. ASI has 116 ticketed monuments across the country, Dutta said.
Now, ASI has planned to extend the experiment of e-ticketing at all its monuments in a phased manner. It has asked IRCTC to take over all gates of Taj Mahal in Agra and Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi for the successful management of e-ticketing from May 1. Now, e-tickets can be booked from IRCTC’s website www.asi.irctc.co.in and can also be bought from the e-ticket windows at monuments through computers, sources said.