Tatkal only a day ahead of journey

Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Friday also announced some more measures to prevent “misuse of the scheme by agents or unscrupulous elements”.
At present, Tatkal tickets booking starts 48 hours before a train departs.

The changes in the scheme are to be implemented in 7-10 days. In the  new scheme,  there will be no refund on confirmed Tatkal tickets, and no duplicate ticket shall be issued. Duplicate Tatkal tickets shall be issued only in exceptional cases on payment of full fare including Tatkal charges.

“The very purpose of the Tatkal scheme has been defeated by its misuse. The scheme was introduced for unplanned and emergency journey. It has become part of regular journey,” lamented the minister. The measures announced by the railway minister to curb misuse include prohibiting   agents from booking Tatkal tickets at the counters or through internet from 8 am to 10 am.

Even for internet booking of Tatkal tickets, passengers will have to enter the type of the identity proof with its number to be used for travel. These details shall be printed on the Electronic Reservation Slip as well as on the reservation chart.  Only four passengers can be booked per PNR of a Tatkal ticket.

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