Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC) has launched online booking of retiring rooms at railway stations to facilitate passengers with a new channel, in addition to the existing one of manual booking at stations. Any railway passenger with a PNR of a confirmed or Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC) ticket can make an online booking of a retiring room. The ticket may either be a ticket issued at a counter or an e-ticket. The booking can be made for all passengers in the ticket, as per a release.
This facility of online booking is launched both in the IRCTC’s tourism website www.railtourismindia.com, and e-ticketing website www.irctc.co.in. No registration or login ID is required for availing of this facility. Online booking is available throughout the day, except from 2330-0030 hrs.
A retiring room in the form of a single/double-bedded rooms or even a bed in a dormitory can be booked through the new facility. A retiring room or a dormitory bed can be booked for 12-48 hours. A retiring room can be booked at both the originating and destination stations of a journey.
On filling in the PNR no., name of the passenger and the station name (where the booking is required) in the system, one will have to make payment through net banking or credit/debit card. The system will generate an Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS) as a confirmation of the booking. The passenger will need to carry the ERS during the journey.
For up to 24 hrs of occupying the retiring room, a service charge of Rs 20 will be levied, while for more than 24 hrs up to 48 hrs, Rs 40 will be the applicable service charge. For a dormitory bed, Rs ten will be charged for up to 24 hrs, while for more duration, Rs 20 will be applicable.
Presently, the online booking service is available only for the retiring rooms at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station. Gradually the facility will be extended for other major stations at metro cities, tourist places and other important places.
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