Sale of tatkal tickets increases drastically

Sale of tatkal tickets increases drastically

Results after IRCTC implemented stringent measures

The sale of tatkal tickets has got a tremendous boost after the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) implemented strict measures to prohibit crowing on its e-ticketing portal.

The IRCTC website has recorded an average sale of 4.47 lakh e-tickets per day since the new timing for tatkal tickets came into force on July 10, as against 3.60 lakh earlier. “The crowing and consequent jam at the web-portal could be avoided by taking such measures like prohibiting agents for two hours and de-activating multiple user IDs helped us to make available more e-tickets to tatkal passengers,” said IRCTC spokesperson Pradip Kundu.  

More than five lakh multiple personal user-ids and 44,000 multiple IDs created by agents have been deactivated, he said.

The opening timing of booking Advance Reservation Period (ARP) and tatkal tickets have been segregated to 8 am and 10 am respectively. Agents have been barred from booking tickets during the initial two hours after the opening of booking of the ordinary and tatkal tickets, both from the counters and on the net.

IRCTC claims that measures like preventing misuse of individual user-IDs by the agents have helped much. For that, a single user registration on one e-mail ID and one mobile number and the restriction of booking of only two tickets per IP address in the initial two hours (10 am to  12 am) of opening of the booking, have been implemented.

The IT anti-fraud and vigilance teams of IRCTC have also been analysing bookings on a daily basis and suspicious bookings are cancelled or investigated further.

The tatkal scheme has been at the centre of controversy for a long time, since touts started to make a good business out of the whole process due to the lack of scrutiny.

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