Using the Paytm wallet train passengers will now be able to make online payments for food ordered through e-catering. Currently, travelling passengers have payment options for e-catering service as pre-paid or CoD. IRCTC had earlier partnered with food tech startup Foodpanda and also KFC. Earlier this year, Paytm and IRCTC had entered an agreement to make payments for booking train tickets online. Currently, IRCTC has an e-catering facility in 1,516 trains without pantry cars and provides station-based ‘Food On Track’ facility at 45 stations.
IRCTC has registered a revenue of Rs 20,000 crores and a profit of Rs 130 crores. A significant growth of 34%, from past year, it has sold tickets worth Rs 20,620 crore. IRCTC’s combined earning from commissions on ticketing, tourism and travel was Rs 670 crore, a little higher than Flipkart’s revenue of Rs 659 crore earned from commissions. For railways, online ticketing accounts for 55% of the overall booking. IRCTC tried its hands on commerce (which shutdown) and recently partnered with Amazon to restart its e-commerce focus.
Online food delivery firm Foodpanda, is planning for a tie-up with IRCTC to serve the train passengers. The foodtech company will deploy its own delivery fleet to fulfil all deliveries. Customers will have the choice to order at least two hours in advance of their travel. Consumers can either pay online or opt for cash-on-delivery.
Hello Curry, a food startup has announced its association with IRCTC. The company will supply healthy meals to rail passengers during their journey. Passengers can place the order on IRCTC website “www.ecatering.irctc.co.in”. As of now, menu would be available for all the passengers boarding different trains at Secunderabad station. However, the company is planning to offer the Hello Curry menu for passengers from Delhi, Bengaluru, Vizag and Pune.
Spicejet and Go Air has tied up with IRCTC to sell unsold tickets to waitlisted train travellers by paying some incremental fee. The tickets will be sold to wait-listed travellers and the scheme only applies to tickets booked at least three days prior to the date of the journey, these train tickets can only be cancelled on a specific website and flight tickets are available only for the day of the train journey or a day prior to it.