Buying railway tickets from third-party applications and websites will cost more

IRCTC had also changed the rules of cancelling online or counter tickets a few days ago. According to the new rules, travellers can now cancel tickets purchased from the counter, online.

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Till now, travellers used to book railway tickets through an e-wallet or payment apps to get many good deals and offers. But soon, booking tickets through these third-party apps will be expensive. According to reports, if a passenger books tickets from a third party application or website, then they will have to pay extra bucks for it.

With this, the passengers will have to book tickets from the Indian Railways official ticket booking platform, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to avail tickets at cheaper rates than those of the third-party applications.

If the passengers booked their railway tickets from a third party app or websites such as Paytm, Mobikwik, MakeMyTrip, Yatra and ClearTrip, then they would have to pay more. On booking tickets from these third-party apps or websites, the passenger will have to pay more ₹12 than the actual fare of the reservation ticket. Apart from this, booking tickets using mobile wallet will also cost additional ₹12.

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IRCTC charges annual maintenance fees from third-party app or website. Apart from this, IRCTC will charge ₹5 for displayed advertisements and ₹15 on cashback offers from these companies. Also, if any product of any other company is sold on these apps or websites, then they will be charged ₹25. 

And these applications and websites plan to reimburse these charges from the consumers and thus, the price of these tickets will be raised.

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