IRCTC, the Indian Railways subsidiary that handles the catering, tourism, and online ticketing operations, has rolled out an e-wallet service that lets users to book tickets, including Tatkal tickets via IRCTC Rail Connect app. Within its efforts towards facilitating faster ticket booking, the e-wallet service has been launched as a payments system that permits users to deposit money in advance with IRCTC. Much like other mobile wallets, this money can be used at the time of booking. This IRCTC e-wallet service can be useful for commuters since it saves time by eliminating the payment approval cycle.
The newest update was shared by IRCTC via Twitter. In addition, it stated on its website, “Like other e-wallets – Paytm and Mobikwik – IRCTC e-wallet allows its users to deposit money in advance with IRCTC, which may be used as a payment option while booking train tickets. This e-wallet facility of IRCTC will allow you to save time by eliminating payment approval cycle.” Notably, IRCTC has informed when a train got cancelled from the origin, the ticket amount would automatically be refunded to the user’s account through that your payment was made in the app. IRCTC also tweeted about the same, “PNR (passenger name record) will be automatically cancelled. Refunds will be processed in the same account whereby payment was made.”
Meanwhile, the IRCTC in addition has provided a cab booking facility to its users on its Rail Connect app. Additionally, IRCTC has also announced a brand new Food On Track app to enhance the onboard food delivery system. In a tweet, it said, “Now your favourite food is a click away even during Train Journey! IRCTC brings to you delicious meals from restaurant of one’s choice.” You must insert your PNR number to order food via app. Also, the app features a facility to auto cancel meals just in case the PNR is cancelled.
Both IRCTC’s updated Rail Connect app and Food On Track app are currently available on Google Play Store.