Monday, May 28, 2007

Train tickets can now be booked at BangaloreOne

Train tickets can now be booked at BangaloreOne

Staff Reporter

The service will be launched on Monday and will be available between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.

BANGALORE: Now, you can book your train tickets at any of the 16 BangaloreOne centres in the city by paying an extra Rs. 6 per ticket. The service, to take off from Monday, will be available between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Giving details of the new service, Rajiv Chawla, Secretary, e-Governance, told presspersons on Saturday that BangaloreOne had tied up with the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to provide the service.

Citizens can walk into the BangaloreOne centres with identity proof (driving licence, PAN card, passport, election card or Central/State Government identity cards) and book the tickets by paying in cash. "Though train ticket booking is available on the Internet, one should compulsorily have a credit card for that. We will provide the same service at an extra cost of only Rs. 6 per ticket and people can pay in cash," Mr. Chawla explained.

"The service charge of Rs. 6 is in addition to the Rs. 15 charged by IRCTC for online reservations. Totally, the charges will be Rs. 21 extra per ticket and not per person. If people book through agents and tour operators, the cost will be higher," he said.

Pointing out that the airline ticket booking service had become very popular among people, Mr Chawla said that BangaloreOne centres would soon start booking KSRTC and movie tickets and accepting LIC and ING Vysya insurance premium.

The Bangalore Development Authority's (BDA) 20 e-Pragati kiosks are being converted into mini BangaloreOne centres. "The BDA handed over these kiosks to us three days ago and we will transform them into our centres and operationalise them by the end of June.

These centres will have two or three counters, but will provide the same services. We took over these centres from BDA because of their strategic locations in the city. This way, our services will spread across the city," Mr Chawla said.

These apart three big centres will be opened on the premises of the National Games Village in Koramangala, Multi-Storeyed Building near Vidhana Soudha and BDA complex in Indiranagar.


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