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