Cab aggregators Ola and Uber are set to come face to face to tie up with the Indian Railways to offer services to train travellers.
According to a report by Business Standard, “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.
Through this initiative, the Railways is likely to add an additional Rs 120 crore to its non-fare revenue.
The other major service providers in the sector are Baxi, Shuttl, Meru and BlaBlaCar.
“Uber has also mooted the idea of having UberPOOL facility for multiple travellers on the 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 to Business Standard.
Cab service providers will have service booths in all the major railway stations, through which passengers without smartphones will be able to book cabs offline.