Rail tickets online, yet touts rule roost

Rail tickets online, yet touts rule roost

The recent nationwide raids at railway stations in 100 cities to crack down on misuse of e-ticket user identities shows the necessity to bring e-touting a crime under railway police. During the raids in South Central Railway (SCR), Railway Protection Force (RPF) confiscated 57 live e-tickets worth around Rs 1.22 lakh and 181 used tickets worth around Rs 3.39 lakh.

RPF also detected 148 personal user IDs forged by e-touts. Nearly 1,875 e-railway tickets worth Rs 35.68 lakh were forfeited during the raid. These days 60% reservations are done online. RPF sources said e-touts are using virtual tools to buy tickets. When few tickets are available, people are forced to buy from touts at a premium.

Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will soon block all shady IP addresses and design a software to track e-touting activities. Read More

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