Sep 17, 2013

Why IRCTC chose App on Windows Platform, when Android OS is widely used in India?

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has launched an official Windows Phone and Windows app. Users can download the app for free from the Windows Phone Store and Windows Store.

While we do not have a Windows Phone device or a Windows 8 machine to test the app, from the Windows Phone store description it appears that the app allows users to book ticket, check reservation status, train schedules, train routes, availability of tickets, cancellations, booking history, recent history, favorites, ability to add passengers as contact, among others. For Windows 8 and RT tablets, it also supports live notifications.

Why Windows platform?

Having said that, we don’t understand why IRCTC chose to launch its app on Windows platform first. A mobile app on Windows phone platform in the Indian market hardly makes sense considering that Android operating system is more widely used here. Besides, how many users have actually upgraded to Windows 8 platform? Microsoft’s RT tablets have already failed to gain any user traction. In July 2013, Microsoft announced a $900 million Surface RT write down.

As expected one cannot book tickets through the App between 8am and 12pm and between 11.30pm and 12.30am. IRCTC had shifted the opening of Tatkal bookings from 8am to 10am in July 2012, in a bid to increase the public access to e-ticketing and facilitate load balancing on the IRCTC server. It has also restricted ticket booking through agents between 8am to 12 pm. One cannot book tickets on the IRCTC mobile site between 8 am to 12 pm as well.

It’s not clear why IRCTC restricts one to book tickets from mobile and App during that time. The only reason that comes to our mind is that its server cannot handle the load. However in May 2013, IRCTC had upgraded its website which can support bookings of more than 4.15 lakh e-tickets daily. Prior to this, IRCTC claims to have handled 3.67 lakhs e-tickets per day. The website can currently handle 2000 tickets per minute and claims that in future it plans to upgrade the website to handle 7200 tickets per minute.

IRCTC developments

Credit where it’s due. IRCTC has been increasing its server capabilities, diversifying its business, and adopting new technology. In July 2013, it had launched an SMS based and Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) based ticket booking service starting July 1, 2013. In July 2012, it had integrated payments using the Interbank Mobile Payments Service, as per an email sent out by the company. IMPS allows real time payments between individuals.

Value Added Service (VAS) provider, Spice Digital had launched a B2B travel and tourism solution called Spice Safar for travel agents, as a part of Spice’s retail initiatives. Spice launched this platform with an Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) partnership where Safar act as its principal agent to carry out IRCTC’s e-ticket booking services in the country.

In August 2013, its e-commerce venture had gone live at In July 2013, IRCTC had selected to manage its E-commerce platform.
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Northeast to be linked to Trans-Asian rail network

Agartala: Mountainous northeast India would be connected to the railway network of neighbouring Myanmar to link up with the ambitious 81,000 km-long Trans-Asian Railway Network (TARN), an official said.

“To connect with the TARN, a 118-km railway track would be laid between (Manipur capital) Imphal and (border towns) Moreh and Tamu (the latter in western Myanmar),” Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) Chief Engineer (Construction) Harpal Singh said.

“The survey work is now on and it would be completed by March next year,” Harpal Singh said.

He said that another 257-km railway route from north Tripura’s Jawahar Nagar railway station to northern Mizoram’s Kolashib and Myanmar’s Darlon has been proposed to connect with TARN.

“If Tripura and Manipur linked with the TARN, the northeastern states would be the gateway to Southeast Asian countries,” Harpal Singh explained.

“For the development of northeast India’s economy, tourism and people-to- people contacts between the region and Southeast Asian countries, the TARN would play a vital role,” he added.

The proposed TARN covers 80,900 km of rail lines, including 22,600 km in South Asia, Iran and Turkey. The southern corridor begins in Kunming in China and Bangkok in Thailand and ends in Kapikule in Bulgaria.

The length of the route between Bangkok and Kapikule is 11,460 km and provides trans-continental connectivity to China, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Iran and Turkey.

Harpal Singh said that as per the ‘Vision-2020′, prepared by the North Eastern Council, the NFR wouldconnect all the state capitals of northeastern states by 2020. Currently, Assam’s main city Guwahati and Tripura capital Agartala are linked with the Indian Railways network.

Agartala is one of the newest stations and came on the country’s rail map in October 2008.

The NFR is one of the 16 railway zones in India. Headquartered at Maligaon in Guwahati, it is responsible for rail operations in the entire northeast and parts of West Bengal and Bihar.

Harpal Singh also said that work on a new rail link between India and Bangladesh along Tripura would start later this year.

“To ease surface transport between the hilly northeastern states and rest of India and the neighbouring country, this line would also play a key role,” he added.

At a cost of Rs 252 crores, India will build a 15-km track linking Agartala with Bangladesh’s southeastern city of Akhaurah, which is also an important railway junction connected to Chittagong port, resource-rich Sylhet and capital Dhaka.

“Necessary survey and alignment of the railway tracks have been completed. Bangladesh would soon engage the agency for laying railway tracks on their side. We expect the work on the line would start this year,” the NFR construction chief added.

An agreement for the new railway line was signed between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina during the latter’s visit to India in January 2010.

“The entire cost would jointly born by the ministry of external affairs and the ministry for development of northeastern region. The Indian Railway Construction Company (IRCON) would lay the track on theIndian side,” the official added.

A steering committee under Radhika Lokesh, an additional secretary in the external affairs ministry has also been formed to implement the new India-Bangladesh railway project, for which a memorandum of understanding was signed in Dhaka on Feb 16.

“The NFR is now extending the 135 km railway network up to (southern Tripura’s border town) Sabroom. With the establishment of the new railway link, northeast India would be connected to the Chittagong port by rail,” Harpal Singh noted.

From Sabroom, Chittagong is just 72 km away.

Surface connectivity is an important factor as the landlocked northeastern states are surrounded by Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan and China. The only land route to these states from within India is through Assam and West Bengal. But this route passes through over 70 percent hilly terrain with steep roads and multiple hairpin bends.

India has for long been seeking land, sea and rail access through Bangladesh for ferrying goods andheavy machinery to the northeast from abroad and other parts of the country.

Agartala, for instance, is 1,650 km from Kolkata and 2,637 km from New Delhi via Guwahati and West Bengal, whereas the distance between the Tripura capital and Kolkata through Bangladesh is just about 350 km.
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IRCTC Launches Windows 8 App

App for Windows Smartphone,Tablet and PC. Click here to Download User Manual: IRCTC Window 8 App Guide

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has launched an Official Mobile App for Windows 8. The App developed along with Microsoft, will provide users another channel to book tickets beyond the portal, including for Windows Smartphone (Mobile Phone), Windows 8 tablet or PC. IRCTC expects the number e-ticket bookings to increase with the introduction of this app. IRCTC’s new App provides booking facility of Railway tickets online and offers other services like checking reservation status, train schedules, train routes, availability of tickets, cancellation, booking history, recent history, favourites, add passengers as contacts and roaming the transactions between multiple devices.

now you can plan your travel, book train tickets and do much more on-the-go, using your Windows Mobile, Smartphone Phone, Windows 8 tablet or PC. IRCTC has embarked on an application (app) journey, with the launch of the official IRCTC app. The app has been made available exclusively for Windows devices. It will be available throughout the day excepting 0800-1200 hrs and 2330-0030 hrs.

To use the app, you must first generate a TPIN by logging onto The TPIN will be generated for your registered phone number and the bookings should be made through the registered phone number. The app lights up inbuilt features of your Windows 8 and Windows Phone devices to bring you a delightful experience. Destination names show up quickly, planning your journey, making train choices and booking tickets is more seamless and immersive.

The rich and immersive app perform all the tasks already available on the IRCTC web site. What’s more? You also get some new and exciting features including visual maps of train routes, Windows Phone live tiles lighting up as train tickets and access to saved traveler profiles from multiple devices among many others. Features:- 
Plan my travel 
Check PNR Status 
Booking History 
Frequent Passenger Info 
Quick Booking 
Recent History 
Live Notifications 

Announcing the availability of the app, Mr. Rakesh Tandon, CMD, IRCTC said, “We feel the app is ideal for the modern consumer who is always on the move. Windows is the most trusted and widely used platform and offers the requisite security required while handling vast amounts of personal and financial user data.”
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download the app at –: and (links to Windows Store and Windows Phone Store)

IRCTC at an average is booking around 4 lakh tickets a day. But people have always faced connectivity issues and payment problems on the website.

Earlier this year during the Railway Budget the then Minister of Railways, Pawan Kumar Bansal, had said that, by the end of this year, India’s railway ticketing website will undergo a major overhaul to support booking of 3 times more number of tickets per minute and 6 times more number of simultaneous users.

In June this year, a railway ticket booking system via sms, for people without internet was also introduced, which was earlier released on a pilot basis.

Recently IRCTC’s online shopping site powered by Yebhi went live at The service retails in clothing, accessories, home decor and electronics.

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Sindi tragedy cost Central Railway heavily; revenue up on freight, fare hike

NAGPUR: Even as Nagpur Central Railway claimed its earnings have gone up despite the Sindi Railway tragedy that disrupted train traffic for six days between July 19 and 25, information sought under the RTI Act reveals that railway earnings have taken a beating under all heads.

Central Railway PRO P D Patil last month issued a release claiming that washing away of tracks in Sindi Railway did not hit its revenue and during the last four months (April to July 2013), it earned 797.92 crore as compared to 796.78 crore last year. This was 1.14 crore more as compared to last year during the same period.

Every month, Central Railway reviews its earning performance. After railways' claimed of better performance in July, city-based RTI activist Avinash Prabhune filed a query. The activist says figures actually are at downside. "The marginal rise in revenue which you see is due to a hike in freight and passenger fares," says Prabhune. He had sought information about comparative performance of July 2012 & 2013, and April-July 2012 & April-July 2013 on various parameters including the following.

Loading: Figures show that in July 2013, loading declined to 1.730 million tonnes (MT) against 2.28 MT in July 2012. This is 25% decline as compared to last year. Subsequently, revenue declined to 120.56 crore in the same month this year from 145.17 crore last year. The fall was 17% than last year.

Passenger revenue: In July 2013, due to Sindi Railway tragedy, number of passengers declined to 25.80 lakh from 28.10 lakh in July 2012. This was a loss of 2.3 lakh passengers (10%).

"With more and more people preferring railways, passenger decline is unexpected," says Prabhune. This also affected revenue in July 2013. It declined to 27.69 crore from 27.73 crore last year.

"Although 10% less passengers travelled, the loss of revenue was low due to increase in fares," said Prabhune.

Gross earning: In July 2013, the gross earning too declined to 148.81 crore from 179.02 crore last year.

This was less by 30 crore as compared to last year.

Working expenses: Expenditure on this count in July 2013, was 102.24 crore, whereas in July 2012, it was 91.51 crore. The data also reveals that equipment failures were more in the same month as compared to that during last year.

Ticket checking: The railway registered 15,167 cases earning 61.10 lakh in July 2013. However, last year it registered 14,563 cases with a revenue of 60.04 lakh.

Prabhune says it extremely strange that only over 15,000 cases (less than 1%) were registered as against 25.80 lakh passengers who travelled.

"It shows that Central Railway has to work hard on this count as there is huge potential to stop irregularities by improving ticket checking performance. While issuing the release, these facts were hidden. The credit for marginal revenue hike goes to railway minister," argues Prabhune.

Punctuality: This is the most important aspect of the railways, but due to Sindi calamity, against the benchmark target of 97%, in July 2013, it was 91%. On the other hand, it was 97.1% in July 2012.

With rain fury hitting Central Railway twice - disrupting traffic in Sindi and Barbatpur consequently, officials themselves admit it would be difficult to make up the losses sustained during the two tragedies.





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