Railways food catering and tourism promotion firm, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), on Friday said that it has upgraded its website by introducing two high capacity servers that have doubled peak time efficiency.
IRCTC’s portal installed two Linux-enabled servers raising the booking capacity to over 14,000 tickets per minute from the existing 7,200, much to the relief of passengers jostling for tatkal reservation which faces heavy rush in its first 15 minutes since 10 am when the service opens every day.
According to IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director Dr. A K Manocha.
“The positive results are already showing,” he said. “The measure is vital, considering that 54% train tickets in the country are booked through IRCTC website.” The average daily sale of train tickets through the portal, which is the world’s second busiest with 3 crore registered users, is around 5.5 to 6 lakh. It has registered a record 14,800 tickets per minute.
With the addition of the two new servers, IRCTC now has 17 servers.
The tatkal reservations on all Indian Railways trains total roughly around 400,000 tickets. Of these, 50,000 tickets are slotted ‘critical’, given their high demand owing to various reasons during a given season.
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