According to a report, a top official of IRCTC mentioned that the online ticketing portal opens from today, and passengers can book the tickets.
Even though IRCTC reopened that portal, the rest of the Online Travel Agencies (OTA) hasn’t received any update on whether to restart the operations.
According to the updated guidelines, the ticketing portal only limited to the website and applications—no tickets allowed to be sold offline or through the counters whatsoever.
The tourism sector was one of the largest revenue generators in the country, generating approximately ₹247 billion in 2018. Because of the lockdown, the income generated through this sector has taken a hard hit.
Due to the two month lockdown, airlines took a hit. The railway sector was one of the most profitable sectors in the country as many people opt to travel by train.
But, unfortunately, this is stopped completely.
According to an analysis, even after lockdown ends, the tourism and transportation sector will continue to face losses for a while. This is because many people would still be taking precautions and avoid public transport systems.
Advantages of Online Ticketing amid this Lockdown:
As the operations of IRCTC resumed, its scripts rallied over five percent. This resulted in an addition of over INR 1,300 Cr. The script opened at ₹1.303.55 and is still maintaining a constant level.
After IRCTC went public 0revious September, the shares and stocks of Indian Railways hit the roof.
The government currently has decided to resume the services and allotted 15 trains. These trains will be originating from Delhi to several destinations like Chennai, Madgaon, Secunderabad, Ahmedabad, etc.
Safety of the passengers:
To maintain health protocols, ensure the safety of the passengers, the railway ministry has instructed every passenger to enter the train with a mask and following that, made compulsory for every passenger to undergo a screening test at departure. If someone even shows the slightest sign of the symptoms, he/she won’t be allowed inside the train.