Railways, IRCTC update booking softwares to comply with latest Goods and Services Tax

NEW DELHI: The railways has updated its passenger fare software on its master computer to comply with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rolled out on Friday-Saturday midnight.

Fares of AC and first class coaches of superfast trains have now gone up by 5%. On an average, the AC and first class fares have increased by Rs 150 to Rs 200 per ticket, sources said.

A Railway Board official said passengers would no longer pay service tax and cess on journey tickets. Passengers travelling by Rajdhani Express on flexi fare are likely to pay higher fare under the GST, he said.

According to an official, a team of senior railway officials at the East Central Railway headquarters at Hajipur have been tasked with overseeing the implementation of GST in all the five divisions of the zone. The five DRMs have been directed to ensure that passengers are not harassed due to the GST implementation process at the reservation counters.

Meanwhile, the IRCTC has also updated its online ticket booking system as per the new tax regime.