Indian Railways stops i-Tickets booking service
The Indian Railways has stopped the i-Tickets service through the IRCTC website. This came into effect on 1 March.
The i-Tickets service was launched in 2002. They are like the tickets passengers book at station counters. These tickets were delivered to the passengers’ homes.
The Railways’ used to charge an extra amount for i-Tickets.
For some cities like Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Madurai, and Coimbatore, i-Tickets could be booked two days before the journey.
For other cities, passengers had to book the tickets three days in advance.
The Railways has stopped the service as ticket details are now sent over SMS to passengers.
As the ID proof is verified at the time of booking, a paper ticket is not required anymore.
The withdrawal of i-Tickets service will also reduce the wastage of paper. It promotes an environment-friendly mode of travelling.