to facilitate the railway passengers with a new channel of booking such rooms in addition to the existing manual booking at the stations. Right now, the facility is available in Mumbai and soon will be extended to other stations, says an IRCTC release. Any genuine railway passenger with a PNR of a confirmed or RAC ticket can make an online booking of a retiring room.
The move is expected to attract more prospective passengers to travel by railways. It will ensure a hassle free travel and more stop-over journeys. Normally many passengers prefer travel by air because of swanky retiring rooms in all airports and there is no dearth of space there. However, retiring rooms in railway station tell a different story as these are often seen packed and you need luck to get an accommodation there. The move will go a long way in improving the state of affairs.
This facility of online booking is launched both in the IRCTC’s tourism website www.railtourismindia.com and e-ticketing website www.irctc.co.in
A single or double-bedded retiring rooms or even a dormitory can be booked through this facility and can be booked for a minimum of 12 hours and a maximum of 48 hours.
You can book a retiring room both at the originating and the destination station of his journey. Whereas Rs 20 will be charged for booking such a rest room for up to 24 hours, it will be Rs 40 for beyond 24 hours and up to 48 hours. For a dormitory bed it will be Rs 10 for up to 24 hours and Rs 20 hours for beyond 24 hours and up to 48 hours.
Recently, IRCTC has announced that one can buy apparels and footwear as well from the PSU. The IRCTC has tied-up with Shop Online Trading Pvt. Ltd (SOTPL) to sell apparels, footwear, home appliances, books, mobile phones, home furnishing etc. The SOTPL with its brand name Yebhi.com will provide the back-end support of supply chain logistics whereas the front-end will be of the IRCTC through its online portal.
The IRCTC is now turning into one of the most diversified PSEs. In addition to rail e-ticketing and rail tourism packages, the IRCTC has already entered into the hospitality business, catering to corporate clients through its ultra-modern kitchen at Noida with a capacity of producing 25,000 meals a day. Also, the packaged drinking water brand Railneer, with a production line of 4.1 lakh bottles a day, is its other popular product. The IRCTC is set to add six more plants, for production of Railneer, to its existing three plants in another couple of years.