New Delhi: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has offered an app where you can book a plane ticket only for Rs 50 as service charge against Rs 200 charged by other online platforms. Also Read - Indian Railways' Shri Ramayana Express Train to Retrace Lord Rama's Epic Journey From Ayodhya to Colombo
Further, Rs 50 lakh travel insurance would be given for free for every passenger with every air ticket booked through IRCTC app. IRCTC has tied up with Bharti Axa to provide free of cost Travel insurance to customers booking Air Tickets by the app. Also Read - Mega Block on Sunday, 15 April 2018 News: Local Train Services to be Affected on Central, Harbour Lines
IRCTC is also planning to soon tie up with Google to give a tough fight to other travel portals like Yatra.com, MakeMyTrip.com, goibibo, ixigo and many others. Also Read - IRCTC Hotel Tenders Case: Lalu Prasad Yadav Says he Did no Wrong, Calls CBI Raids Vendetta Politics
Earlier, the Indian Railways had decided to grant 40 per cent concession to Transgender (T) Senior Citizens of age 60 years and above in their passenger fare.
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Earlier in November, the Indian Railways announced revised flexi-fares for Rajdhani, Duronto and Shatabdi trains, to come into effect from March 15, 2019. Notably, advance bookings have already begun. The flexi-fare scheme was earlier introduced in September 2016 for 44 Rajdhanis, 46 Shatabdis and 52 Duronto trains.
Furthermore, reports have it that the average speed of trains will increase by 10 to 15 per cent in 2021-22. An Indian Railways senior official said that when Railways achieve 100 per cent electrification of its network then the average speed of the train would increase.
Ghanshyam Singh, Member (Traction) Railway Board said that with the increase in average speed, the time taken to travel will also be cut down. Singh said, “Electrification will not only increase the speed of trains by 10 per cent to 15 per cent but also line capacity by the same amount.”