New rules for tatkal rail tickets from Nov 21

In a press release, the South Western Railways has said the advance reservation period of Tatkal has been reduced from two days to one day excluding the day of journey, from the train originating station.

There will be no refund against cancellation of confirmed tickets other than in exceptional cases. While, refund would be given for partially confirmed ticket (passengers under waiting list).

Duplicate Tatkal tickets would be isued in exceptional cases on collection of full fare, including Tatkal charges. However, no refund will be given for duplicate tickets even if original ticket is found.

Also, the Tatkal tickets would be limited for a maximum of only four passengers per PNR.

The passengers can book Tatkal only on production of one of the eight prescribed proofs of identity along with a self-attested photocopy of the proof of identity of any one passenger.

Identity proof

Although, it is not mandatory for passengers to go to the counter to book Tatkal tickets, those who book through internet would have to produce the identity proof type and number which they carry during travel.

These details shall be printed on the electronic reservation slip, indicated on mobile message and reservation chart. If one fails to produce the identity proof, all the passengers booked on the ticket shall be treated as travelling without ticket and fined accordingly.

It is also advised that identity proof of additional passengers is submitted to make their journey smooth if passenger who booked Tatkal is not travelling.

On the flipside, agents/RTSA’s will be restricted from booking Tatkal tickets at the counters between 8 am and 10 am.

The web service agents and web agents shall be restricted from booking Tatkal tickets on the internet between 8 am and 10 am.

The web service agents of IRCTC will be permitted to book only one Tatkal ticket per train per day on the internet, the press release added.

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