Require coaches for a religious tour or a marriage party? Now, it can be online booked, as per orders rolled out by the railway panel. As per an instruction by the railway panel, booking of special coaches, trains, FTR (full tariff rate), or saloons shall now be carried out via a “single window booking system” of the IRCTC (Indian Railway Tourism and Catering Corporation).
“From this time forth, any party or individual looking to book coaches/trains on FTR shall come to the IRCTC that will book coaches/trains online in aid of the party or individual “, claimed the circular rolled out previously this month. Presently, to book such trains or coaches, the related party had to go to the station master of the station or chief booking supervisor from where the trip might start and present a written request comprising details of the journey for FTR booking.
After giving the money, they might be provided with a receipt with an exclusive FTR number printed on it. The procedure was burdensome, executives claimed, which required the alteration. Most of the time coaches or special trains were booked by travel organizations taking tour parties for religious trips, by schools for educational tours, by MNCs taking workers for trips, and even people travelling with a huge contingent, executives claimed.
On the other hand, now, a charge of 5% on the complete fare shall be taxed, over and more than a 30% service tax on such bookings. The railway has decided a security charge worth Rs 50,000 for each coach and a minimum of 18 coaches for special trains will be charged. The complete payment in the latest online system will have to be digital, the panel claimed to the media in an interview this week. This information was backed by the industry sources as well.