Book your railway tickets with e-wallets now

Photo of a Indian Railways booking counter.

New Delhi: The Indian Railways has decided to tackle the rush at booking counters by introducing booking of unreserved railway tickets on e-wallets like Airtel money, PayTM and JioMoney.

The Indian Railways is expected to go paperless with this mobile ticketing operation across the country in a big way.

According to a senior Railway Ministry official, unreserved ticketing forms a huge chunk of the railways’ total ticket sale in a day and “we want to tap this sector through e-commerce.”

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Because of this move the railways will not have to bear any cost for the facility. Instead, the public transporter is expected to earn from the selected e-wallet players commission on each ticket sold and retainer fees.

The official said many top mobile wallet companies are keen on joining the railways.

As some of these e-wallets are already operational for booking taxis, cinema tickets and other services, joining the railways will offer a big scope for these private players.

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Moving ahead with the ‘Digital India’ mission, the railways expect to make the e-wallet system operational across the country early next year.