At the moment, there is a huge demand in the segment of railway ticket booking. Due to such situation, IRCTC said on May 28, 2013, that it now has a grand plan to book 7,200 tickets per minute in the current financial year. Right now, the website of IRCTC is able to handle about 1.2 lakh concurrent connections on the servers and can also book around 2,000 tickets per minute.
R K Tandon, IRCTC Managing Director, in a detailed presentation explained about the plan for enhancement of its capacity to CP Joshi, Railway Minister, at a review meeting. The enhancement is expected to cost around Rs. 100 crores to Railways for strengthening the ticketing site.
The Railway Minister observed the PowerPoint presentation made by Tandon, in which it was explained how the website will be able to book 7,200 tickets per minute. Apart from Joshi, the meeting was also attended by Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal and CRIS Managing Director Sunil Kumar. The CRIS, which is the technical arm of IRCTC, is also involved in the upgrade of the IRCTC website.
An official from Railways said that the website upgrade is a continuous process, as the average booking per day has increased from 3.67 lakh in 2012 to 4.15 lakh now.