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IRCTC sells 30% of total Indian Railways tickets are sold online - largest contributor to e-commerce

Online travel portals entering the business to sell railways tickets, the share of tickets sold online in the total ticket revenues of the railways has doubled to nearly 30 per cent this year.

38.7 million tickets between April 2008 and February 2009, which is an increase of 104 per cent over the total number of tickets sold online in the whole of 2007-08 which stood at 18.9 million.

The estimated gross sales for 2008-09 stand at Rs 3,400 crore, which makes IRCTC the largest contributor to e-commerce in the country, accounting for over a third of the total e-commerce of Rs 9,000 crore.

The entry of travel portals like Cleartrip, Ezeego1 and Yatra into the fray has given customers more options, besides enhancing the customer profile. These portals have tied up with IRCTC and customers can buy railway tickets through these sites, too. The portals charge Rs 10 to Rs 20, in addition to IRCTC charges, as service fee.

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