Travelling trains will get cheaper if payment should be made by any popular Unified Payments Service (UPI) or Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) applications. The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) plans to reduce service charges for customers paying through UPI/BHIM applications like Paytm, PhonePe or Google Pay.
According to IRCTC, a convenience fee of Rs 10 will be charged per ticket for non-AC class passengers. For tickets in AC classes, including the first class, the convenience fee will be Rs 20. The new charges will be rolled out soon, confirms a railway official.
Recently IRCTC restored convenience fee charges on e-tickets booked via its official website www.irctc.co.in. Starting from September 1, IRCTC is charging Rs 15 per ticket as convenience fee for non-AC classes. For tickets in AC classes, a service charge of Rs 30 is levied per ticket. The existing e-ticketing platform of IRCTC, also known as the Next Generation E-Ticketing system (NGeT), can book 7,200 tickets in a minute.