In a first of its kind initiative, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) have come together to introduce integrated online ticket system.
The initiative is a bid to reach destinations inaccessible by railways and also facilitate passengers who prefer to travel by road.
Speaking to TOI, Vineet Seth, general manager, UPSRTC said, “This idea is a game-changer and it will not only promote tourism in the state but also give an exquisite experience of traveling with the UP roadways.”
Explaining how the process, Seth said, “One will be able to book UPSRTC bus along with train tickets from the IRCTC portal. The bookings will also include porter charges. Once the tickets are booked, the passenger list will be available with the UP roadways. If a passenger from Kashmir, to give an example, wants to visit UP, he or she can alight at Delhi and take the luxury bus from the station itself.”
“After alighting at the railway station, an IRCTC porter will take care of passengers’ luggage till the time the bus arrives. Conductor of the bus will then cross check names of passengers and allot seats,” he added.
The service, expected to start from the next week, will be available for major tourist destinations including Agra, Meerut and the National Capital Region for the first three months.