PR Rwp division earns over Rs 185m from E-Ticketing
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Railways, Rawalpindi Division earned over Rs 185 million through E-Ticketing facility during 2017-18, said Division Commercial Officer (DCO) PRs, Rawalpindi Division, Raza Ali Habib.
Talking to this news agency, he informed as many as 138,031 passengers booked their rail tickets through E-Ticketing system in Rawalpindi Division while overall 2,082,324 citizens availed the facility.
The division earned over Rs 185 million while Pakistan Railways generated over Rs 2.705 billion revenue from E-Ticketing during 2017-18.
To a question, the DCO informed that nearly two-year back the facility was re-launched in an effort to facilitate the passengers in booking their seats from anywhere in the country.
Initially, the online system was introduced for the railways flagship train ‘Green Line Express’, besides five rail cars. The E-ticketing facility is now available here for all passenger trains, he said adding, the online booking system has not only ended black marketing of tickets but also improved PR’s accounting system.
The PRs re-launched the E-ticketing system in collaboration with United Bank Limited. The passengers can pay for their tickets online via credit or debit cards, online bank transfers or micro transactions like UBL Omni, Easypaisa or Mobicash, he added.
With the digital ticketing system, the passengers can book and pay for tickets from the comfort of their home by using computers or mobile phones, he said.
Moreover, the digital system has increased the seat capitalization for the railways and decrease chances of corruption.
Everything is being handled electronically so tickets can be booked quickly and efficiently with no human interaction, he replied to a question.
He further informed that PRs Rawalpindi Division has earned over Rs 10m from eight special summer vacation trains. The special summer vacation train was launched on June 18 for Rawalpindi to Karachi to facilitate the passengers particularly families.
Every trip of special summer train carried as many as 700 passengers with an earning amounting to Rs 1.3 million.
Excise Rwp Division
collects over Rs 4.377b
Excise and Taxation Department Rawalpindi Division collected over Rs 4.377 billion revenue including property, motor, professional taxes, excise fee and entertainment duties in four districts of the division during 2017-18.
According to details, provincial government had fixed over Rs 4.185 billion revenue target for Rawalpindi division including Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Chakwal and Attock districts for the last financial year. The department succeeded to collect 22 percent extra to the target of Excise Duty and 98 percent Property tax target during the period.
The department had earned over Rs 3.804b during 2016-17 financial year, they added. Meanwhile, in order to facilitate the citizens, Excise and Taxation Office Pindi has started second shift here to collect token tax of vehicles. —app
Excise and Taxation Officer (Motor) Amjad Ali Khan and Assistant ETO Sohail Shahzad informed APP that the vehicle owners who would deposit token tax for next financial year 2018-19
before July 31 can avail the 10 percent rebate.
Sohail Shahzad informed that special counters have been set up at the Excise and Taxation Office
particularly to facilitate the government servants.
The counters would remain open from 3 PM to 6 PM, he added.