New Delhi, 12 April: Online booking of railway tickets have sharply grown compared to last year, showed a latest figure of Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
The IRCTC has booked a total of 4.21 crores e-tickets with a monthly average of 1.40 crores in the just concluded first quarter 2014 against a total of 3.81 crores e-tickets with a monthly average of 1.27 crores in the corresponding months in 2013.

"Thus, there is an increase of more than 10 percent in both the total number of tickets booked and the monthly average tickets booked in the first three months of 2014 as against in 2013 during same time," said Mr Pradip Kundu, IRCTC spokesperson.

According to Mr Kundu, daily average booking was around 4.22 lakhs during January to March 2013, which has now shot up to 4.67 lakhs during the corresponding period in 2014 whereas, the daily average booking in March 2014 alone touched an all-time high of 4.95 lakhs.

"The site booked more than 5 lakh tickets a record number of 15 days during March 2014 with a highest of 5.80 lakhs on 19 March 2014," stated Mr Kundu.

Also, there has also been an increase in the number of passengers booked from a total of 6.95 crores with a monthly average of 2.32 crores in January to March 2013 to 7.50 cores with a monthly average of 2.50 crores in the corresponding period in 2014. The daily average of passengers booked has also gone up to 8.33 lakhs from 7.73 lakhs in the same period, resulting in an 8 percent increase.

The total transacted e-ticket fare has also increased from Rs. 3661 crores in the first three months of 2013 to Rs. 4254 crores in the corresponding period in 2014.

"The daily average e-ticket fare, in the same period, has shot up to Rs. 47.23 crores from the earlier Rs. 40.73 crores, nearly 16 percent increase," added Mr Kundu.

Meanwhile, IRCTC’s newly launched e-wallet scheme has also received an encouraging response from its users and nearly 35000 users have so far opted for this scheme and registered for it.