ZoopIndia has crossed the level of serving 10,000 meals per month across different rail routes, being present at 100 PAN India stations. The startup has set its eyes firm on further enhancing the platform and eventually serving 5000 meals a day.
IRCTC accounts for more than 1 million e-commerce transactions per day and more than 100 million captchas are solved on the platform
The Indian Railways budget grants Rs.50 crore fund for startups. The ministry plans to launch an innovation challenge which will be administered by a committee comprising of investors, representatives from National Academy of Indian Railways, Railway Board and is headed by Ratan Tata.
As against the older system, where IRCTC website would allow passengers to book up to 10 e-tickets a month, from Monday passengers would be allowed a maximum of six tickets to be booked every month.This is done in order to prevent any touting activities and ease bookings for genuine users.
Railways on Wednesday introduced the system to prevent faster booking by fake users. It will take min 35 sec to fill the form followed by bank transaction online. Earlier touts used to book tickets quickly before genuine users by using fake software. This delay will facilitate genuine passengers.
The services will soon be available on the IRCTC’s e-catering website. Travelers can also book their meals online from TravelKhana’s website. It will start its services at the New Delhi & Hazrat Nizammudin railway stations and will launch the services on a total of 17 stations in the first phase.
Using the Paytm wallet train passengers will now be able to make online payments for food ordered through e-catering. Earlier this year, Paytm and IRCTC had entered an agreement to make payments for booking train tickets online. Currently, IRCTC has an e-catering facility in 1,516 trains without pantry cars.
With approximately 25,000 to 30,000 tickets booked daily via IRCTC Android app, MobiKwik expects to spike the per day online ticket sales. The MobiKwik mobile payment solution will allow instant one-tap payments for ticket and also plans to extend this on IRCTC’s other digital platforms.
A significant growth of 34 percent from past year; Indian Railway Catering and Touring Corp has sold tickets worth Rs 20,620 crore.
IRCTC’s combined earning from commissions on ticketing, tourism and travel was Rs 670 crore, a little higher than Flipkart’s revenue of Rs 659 crore earned from commissions.