Railway Department is proposed to start a brand new website for online ticket booking. The new website is likely to be in operation with in a moth. Operational / maintenance responsibilities of the proposed new site have been taken up by SBI. Presently, IRCTC (www.irctc.co.in) is the sole seller of online tickets for Indian Railways. The proposed new portal will charge only half of the service charge that is being charged by IRCTC for online booking. Following are the service charges for the online booking through new website:
1. Reservation Charge for Sleeper Class Seat: Rs. 5
2. Reservation Charge fo AC Class Seat: Rs. 10
Railway department is also planning to integrate all its 35 websites to the new portal. IRCTC has earned Rs. 722 crores income for the last financial year. The Railway Department is gradually taking over the management of online services from IRCTC.