Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation

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Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is an Indian public sector undertaking company. It provides ticketing, catering, and tourism services for the Indian Railways. The IRCTC was put up on 27 September 1999. It was originally and completely owned by the Government of India. It was operated under the administrative control of the Ministry of Railways. Later it has been listed on the National Stock Exchange since 2019, after the Government reduced the percentage of the ownership to the company itself.[1][2]

It began with online rail ticket booking through its website and also from the mobile phones through Wi-Fi, GPRS or SMS. It also provides SMS facility to send PNR status and Live Train Status to the passengers. Along with e-tickets, IRCTC also provides I-tickets that are basically like regular tickets. But they are booked online and delivered by post.

IRCTC brought pantry cars at long or medium distance trains which serves to passengers by giving freshly cooked food. IRCTC has exclusive rights for onboard catering of food on all trains operated by the Indian Railways. It also operates food plazas, cafeterias and refreshment rooms at various railway stations.[3]

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  1. "IRCTC Booking Time Window Extended by 15 Minutes". NDTV Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  2. "Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Ltd". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2020-12-18.
  3. "IRCTC orders closure of all onboard catering services in mail, express trains from Mar 22". The Economic Times. Retrieved 12 August 2021.