Those who book tickets through Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) app will be able to schedule a ride with a cab aggregator on a future date and time
After fighting it out on roads, cab aggregators like Uberand Ola are set to come face to face on railway tracks. Both the players are now in race to tie up with the Indian Railways to offer services to train travellers.
With the Suresh Prabhu-led railways ministry toying with the idea to offer space for cab operators at railway stations, both the market leaders have started the battle to garner the railways’ market share. Through this initiative, the Railways is likely to add an additional Rs 120 crore to its non-fare revenue.
As per the plan, those users who book tickets through Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) app will be able to schedule a ride with a cab aggregator on a future date and time. If the Railways moves ahead with the plan, it will have to float a tender for this from the concerned parties. The other major service providers in the sector are Baxi, Shuttl, Meru and BlaBlaCar. Though the San Francisco-based Uber is aggressively moving ahead in Indian market, Ola still holds a majority share.
“Uber has also mooted the idea of having UberPOOL facility for multiple travellers on same train, travelling in the same direction. This will be through integrating UberPOOL into the IRCTC booking flow, thereby reducing the cost of rides for the passengers,” said a source close to the development. As per the plan, the selected company will have a staging area near the station, where a pool of cabs will be parked, where rides will be offered to drivers on a first in, first out (FIFO) basis.