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Rail eWallet – Live in India

 

images_Fotor      The Indian Railway’s eWallet is finally live in India. The registration process can be viewed here.

The initial details can be read in my previous post or on the IRCTC website.

10 Key features

01) Without a PAN Number, eWallet facility cannot be used.

02)There is an initial registration fee.

03)The service fee is not refundable.

04)The maximum amount that can be stored in your Rail eWallet is Rs5,000/-.

05)Top-ups in multiples of Rs100/- can be done.

06)2FA (Two factor authentication) is there with the Transaction Password.

07)The Transaction Password will be sent to your registered mobile.

08)A mobile number is compulsory for eWallet transactions.

09)A mobile number cannot be registered to multiple irctc accounts.

10) Your PAN Number is the User Authentication mechanism.

11)  The PAN Number is verified online at the time of eWallet registration.

12) A PAN Number can be linked to only 1 eWallet account.

13) The cancelled amount will be refunded to the eWallet account itself.

14) eWallet can be used even when the other Payment Gateways are offline.

What are you waiting for? Go ahead, and register for eWallet now.

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www.busindia.com – How would you like to attend the Inaugural function – Online or Offline?

 

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Indian government departments are vying with each other to tap the booming Indian eCommerce market.

In this regard, India’s first integrated national transport portal http://www.busindia.com will be officially launched by The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Shri Oscar Fernandes, on  October 31, 2013 (Thursday).

Busindia.com aims to the Bus equivalent of https://www.irctc.co.in/. The main difference between rail transport and bus transport is that only 1 operator runs Indian railway network, whereas bus transport has multiple players.

Busindia.com is an aggregator of ticket inventory of various State Road Transport Undertakings. At the same time, tickets of private bus operators are also sold through the site.

The success of Redbus eCommerce site has spawned many competitors and busindia.com, is one of them.

The backend is managed by Radiant infosystems, who was the first company in India to implement Online Reservation System for Road Transport Undertakings i.e KSRTC.

At present, payment through IMPS (Immediate Payment Service), is not activated at the site.

The site’s beta launch was in February 2013, and the official public launch is in October, 2013.

The Indian online Bus ticketing market is pegged at Rs15,000 crores.

Should Unreserved Train Tickets been sold @ www.irctc.co.in

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Like it or hate it, www.irctc.co.in, has been a great hit and a star player in Indian eCommerce sector. The website has introduced to many an Indian, the joy of eCommerce.

Over the years, the daily booking volume has grown from 27 tickets to an average of 4,00,000/- tickets.

Almost 1 in 100 Indians has heard about www.irctc.co.in. The migrant population too is now familiar with www.irctc.co.in.

Now, the time is ripe for integration of Railway’s UTS – UNRESERVED TICKETING SYSTEM, with www.irctc.co.in.

The top 8 benefits are:

01)  Increase in volumes

02)Increase in float income

03)Increase in passenger collection charges

04)Reduce  anxiety at booking counters

05)Increase familiarity of eCommerce amongst a large section of Indians

06)Encourage Indians to travel with rail tickets

07)Encourage short rail travels

08) Reduce stress amongst rail passengers

 

Tatkal – Indian Rail Ticket Booking – Static IP or Dynamic IP ?

By now, the readers must be aware, that in the last few days, the rules for Rail Tatkal Booking have been changed a lot. CnnIbn has played a major role in the introduction of the new rules.

Traveler friendly measures have been introduced for both Physical booking as well as online booking.

3 major changes have been made for the Net booking mode. 2 changes are front-end changes, while the third one is a back-end change.

Front end change: –

Individual users are permitted to book only two tickets from 10 am to 12 noon. Only two tickets can be booked from one IP address between this time.

Capthca technology has been installed to prevent automated software from cornering tatkal tickets by fraudulent means.

Back-end change: –

To serve the increasing web traffic, railways has installed high capacity database servers and increased the Internet bandwidth from 344 MBPS to 450 MBPS.

Static IP and Dynamic IP modes. Majority of the net users are tech savvy, and may be aware of the two types of IP’s i.e Static and Dynamic.

The basic difference between Static IP Address and Dynamic IP Address, is than in Static IP, the IP address never changes, but in Dynamic IP, the IP address keeps changing.

If the Net booking User has a dynamic IP facility, how will the railways site implement the 2 tickets per IP is not yet clear. However, I am sure, in the coming days, Railways Team will find out a way, to deals with Dynamic IP issues.

If your orgnaisation has a Static IP Address model, when users access the Internet, than only the first two users from the organisaiton can book Tatkal railway tickets. Or, ‘The early bird gets the worm’.

In a Dynamic IP mode, ‘all the birds get the worms’.

The users can experiment with Tatkal Booking via Mobiles, as Mobiles have the Dynamic IP mode as default.

As a Safe ePayments Motivator, I would encourage travellers to opt for the Online mode rather than the Physical mode.