With an aim to providing first-and-last-mile connectivity, together, the IRCTC and Ola Cabs have launched a six-month pilot project which will enable commuters to book an Ola cab on IRCTC Rail Connect mobile app and website.
IRCTC ties up with OLA for booking cabs on its website/app
IRCTC or Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation announced a partnership with cab hailing firm Ola to provide end-to-end transportation service to Indian Railways passengers, as per the IRCTC report on its website – irctc.co.in.
To ease last mile connectivity and covers more than 110 cities across the country the Bengaluru-based company has tied up with IRCTC to provide in-app facility to book a cab service offered by Ola on its platform.
All existing Ola cab facilities, such as Ola Micro, Ola Mini, Ola Auto and Ola Share, will be available for customers at the same price on the IRCTC Rail Connect mobile application and website but will not be able to avail any of the discounts offered by the company.
To make it frill-free, Ola has enabled a feature where customers can choose to book cabs up to seven days in advance or upon reaching the railway station.
How to book an Ola cab through IRCTC website/app?
Here is a step guide to how you can book your Ola cab through IRCTC website and app,
1. Log on to IRCTC website/app (irctc.co.in) using credentials
2. In the services section, select ‘Book Cab’
3. You will be redirected to book.olacabs.com
4. Choose your pick and drop location
5. Now, select whether you want an immediate ride or wish to schedule it for future
6. Select your preferred cab option
7. Choose payment option and click on continue
8. Your booking is confirmed
Why is Ola taking this initiative?
The move is likely to ease getting in and out of railway stations, especially the ones in bigger cities, where locating the taxi kiosks, before booking and finding the particular cab transforms into a cumbersome task after hours of travel.
This move is likely to shrink the queues waiting to book a taxi or take an auto out of railway stations.
Ola has been trying to catch the railway and airport commuters via kiosks machine. Besides Railway and Airport, Ola also partnered with Rapid Metro Gurugram, Bengaluru Metro Rail Corp. Ltd to equip key metro stations with dedicated Ola kiosks.
There will be Ola’s self-serving kiosks at IRCTC outlets as well from where passengers can book their cabs. Premium railway travelers prefer app-based cab-hailing options as it’s cheaper than traditional cabs.