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Retiring Rooms in railway stations, that could only be booked manually till now, can now be reserved via IRCTC website, reports Times of India. To begin with, the facility is available for retiring rooms in Mumbai only, but other important stations of tourist interest and metropolitan cities will be covered soon. The facility is available for all the passengers on a confirmed or RAC ticket and can be made by IRCTC website or via railtourismindia.com. Strangely, users will only be able to book a retiring room online between 11:30 pm and 00:30 am.

A retiring room or a dormitory bed can be booked for a minimum of 12 hours and a maximum of 48 hours. One can book a retiring room both at the originating and the destination station of his journey. The Service Charge for booking a retiring room will be Rs 20 for up to 24 hours and Rs 40 beyond 24 hours and up to 48 hours. For a dormitory bed, the charges will be be Rs 10 for up to 24 hours and Rs 20 beyond 24 hours and up to 48 hours.

IRCTC Developments

IRCTC has been slowly adding services on top of the ticket booking facility it launched with initially. In July 2013, it had launched an SMS based and Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) based ticket booking service starting July 1, 2013. In July 2012, it had integrated payments using the Interbank Mobile Payments Service (IMPS) to allow real-time payments between individuals.

Value Added Service (VAS) provider, Spice Digital* had launched a B2B travel and tourism solution called Spice Safar for travel agents, as a part of Spice’s retail initiatives. Spice launched this platform in partnership with IRTCTC where Safar act as its principal agent to carry out IRCTC’s e-ticket booking services in the country.

In August 2013, its e-commerce venture had gone live at shop.irctc.co.in. In July 2013, IRCTC had selected Yebhi.com to manage its E-commerce platform.

In September, it launched an official Windows Phone and Windows app and also revamped journey planner.

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