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Friday, 22 January, 2016, 10 : 00 AM [IST]
RailYatri.in plans to transform online app into consolidated marketplace for non-ticketing services
By P Krishna Kumar | New Delhi

RailYatri.in, a 3-year-old technology start up focused on train travellers in India, is planning to transform their online application (app) from an information-based platform to a marketplace which would provide all the non-ticketing services around railway stations in the country. The technology provider has recently introduced food e-commerce on to their app which is currently available at 80 stations across the country.

Speaking to TravelBiz Monitor, Manish Rathi, CEO, RailYatri.in, said that they will be enabling hotel booking, cab booking, etc. through their app to train travellers in the country soon. He said that the non-ticketing spend of the train travellers is much higher than the ticketing spend and therefore it is their intent to create a marketplace around the non-ticketing spend. The non-ticketing services are currently disjointed and RailYatri would try to offer all these elements together to the train travellers. “We want all these service providers to come on board and sell their services.” A taxi operator in a railway station would not have the marketing strength to compete with Ola or Uber, but RailYatri can help him up sell products.

Rathi said that hotel booking would start on their platform within one month’s time. Similarly, taxi booking at major stations in the country. Another major support system that RailYatri is planning to put in place is to help in terms suggesting alternate mode of transport for travellers who fail to get their tickets confirmed.

Rathi said that the expectations of the train travellers are also evolving and they also look for services at par with airline passengers. Therefore, it is vital for technology companies to build relevant solutions which can instill confidence in the consumers.  He said that hardly 3% of the corporate companies India offer air travel to their associates and vast chunk of business travel is still undertaken through trains. Also, there has been 100% increase in premium seats in Indian trains over the last 5 years.

RailYatri.in has 2 million monthly active users currently.

 
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