Indian Railways recently has introduced cash-on-delivery facility for online railway ticket bookings. This scheme is specifically for users who feel insecure using their cards/debit cards or online payment gateways. This new online system will assist them to book their ticket online. They will be able to make cash payment for their ticket when they received it at their home.
This cash-on-delivery system actually launched by IRCTC with the collaboration of Noida based Anduril Technologies to avail cash-on-delivery ticket option. Cash-on-delivery ticket option will be available to the users through the website bookmytrain.com or through their mobile apps. Facility for cash-on-delivery is available in about 200 selected cities/towns across all over India. This facility is not available for tatkal tickets.
HOW TO USE THIS FACILITY CASH-ON-DELIVERY:
The current existing users of IRCTC website can able to register at bookmytrain.com by simply inserting the OTP verification codes which are sent to their registered email ID or their registered phone number. Once they enter correct OTP they are ready to start using the website. Anybody will be able to purchase their ticket through the website and will be able to view the booking history. They will also be able to create and add passenger list.
This facility is possible up to 60 days prior to your planned date of travel. One can not book tickets between 8 AM to 12 AM through Bookmytrain.com. Furthermore, for special trains, this period may be different. Cash-On-Delivery ticket facility is only allowed for 5 days prior to travel.
Cancelling facility is also available through bookmytrain.com. Delivery charges will be Rs. 40 plus service tax per ticket for sleeper class and second class and Rs. 60 plus service tax per ticket for other classes.
The users will be required to add their bank details so that the amount can be refunded to the corresponding account in case ticket needed to be canceled.
IRCTC is using eCommerce style in Cash-On-Delivery facility. In fact, COD was first introduced in India by eCommerce companies. The users in India still feel insecure to use credit or debit card online. According to a report, there are about 2 crore credit/debit card users in India as of October 2014. But this statics is improving day-by-day.