A huge rush in demand for train tickets in the run up to Holi has put pressure on the online ticket booking website of the Railways, which is hosted by Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
Starting month of march, average hits on the IRCTC website at any given point during the Tatkal booking hours have touched 10-12 lakh, a 20% increase over the annual average of 8-9 lakh. Tatkal booking hours are between 10 am-12pm , when passengers can book ticket a day before by paying a high-fay fare.
Earlier this week, tickets booked on the website touched a record high of 5.72 lakh a day and check “Pnr status” of multiple times on the Irctc.
“On Monday, 5.5 lakh tickets were booked, 4.69 lakh on Tuesday and 5.10 lakh on Wednesday,” said the official, adding that in March so far, over five lakh tickets were booked every day & every day users wants to gets the conform tickets because of waiting tickets and people worried about waiting ticket thas’s why people check the multiple time of “Pnr status”.
Additionally, the festival rush is also reflected in the extra money that people are wishful to shell out to book tickets in the Holi special trains that the Railways is running between New Delhi and Mumbai; and New Delhi and Jammu Tawi. Fares in these trains move effective – based on demand – and tickets for these trains can only be booked online.
Now some real thing is happening in those trains.
For the Holi special trains to Jammu Tawi, on Thursday, in the AC 2-tier and AC-3-tier segments, people paid about Rs_1,400 more than the regular train fare. Those travelling in the non-AC i.e sleeper segment were ready to shell out Rs_440 more than the Tatkal tickets.