Indian Railway

The recent advancements in Indian Railways are welcome ones as it is offering benefits directly to end users across the country. From free internet facilities to real-time responses to concerns over social media, Railways have been making every possible efforts to maintain the traffic pie of India. Lucrative benefits such as order food online in trains, Free Wi-fi facilities are helping every segment of the society. In a recent endeavor, Indian Railways is now going to offer 5% off on ticket bookings. This is a step towards going cashless in ticketing system and to promote people to pay with ease at the reservation counters.

What’s Changing?

Any traveler who books ticket online or at the reservation counter will have an option to pay for ticket charges via BHIM app or UPI, the two approved payment avenues from NPCI (National Payment Council of India). Passengers can avail 5% off by paying through these options.

How to avail 5% discount option?

One can avail the discount offer while booking tickets both at the reservation counters and via e-ticketing modes. They just have to pay via BHIM app or UPI payment gateways. UPI/BHIM is also accepted as payment option while booking tickets through counter.

5% discount on the total value of basic fare in Passenger Reservation System (PRS) reserved counter ticket is given for payments made through UPI including BHIM subject to maximum amount of discount of Rs 50 on a ticket and value of ticket being Rs 100 and more,” railways had said in a release recently. 

The railways has also installed POS machines at reservation counters to enable people using their credit and debit cards.

“Indian Railways have tied up with State Bank of India to install 10,000 Point of Sale (POS) machines at various locations of Indian Railways i.e. Passenger Reservation System (PRS)/Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) ticket booking counters and Parcel/Goods locations,” it had said.

The digital payments for train ticket booking has been on the rise. “The reserved tickets booked through digital means constituted approximately 66% of total reserved tickets booked in Financial Year 2017-18 as compared to approximately 60% in FY 2016-17. This is a substantial growth in terms of bookings.

In an added endeavour, one can now avail 5% off on food bookings in train when you chose to pay via Rupay debit card. The customer can use code “RUPAY” and get the discount on all food orders in train.



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