Indian Rail Travelers Make Bank Payments via Mobile

Sept. 17, 2012

A government-run railway travel and tourism service in India announced recently it is accepting interbank payments made via mobile device. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) launched the Interbank Mobile Payment Service (IMPS) for its customers using the organization’s e-ticketing website. The mobile payment service will enable consumers who lack payment cards to pay for rail service online.

“Until now the customers of IRCTC used to make the payment for their e-tickets through the facility of credit card, debit card or net banking,” said Pradip Kundu, joint general manager of public relations for IRCTC. “From now on they will have IMPS as one more option to make the payment.”

Initially, IMPS payments can only be made on a smartphone that accesses the IRCTC website, but eventually it will be available through various mobile phone access channels such as Mobile Web, IVR and SMS.