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Indian Railways takes up measures to check misuse of Tatkal tickets.

Indian Railways, to streamline the ticket booking system including Tatkal reservation and to check its misuse, has taken the following steps:

(i)    Passengers have been given the option to book reserved tickets either through computerized Passenger Reservation System (PRS) terminals of Indian Railways, or through internet or through authorized agents like e-ticketing agents, Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendra (YTSK) licensees.

(ii)    It has now been made mandatory that for undertaking in reserved class, one of the passengers has to produce one of the prescribed proof of identity in original failing which all the passengers will be treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly.

(iii)    A provision has been made in the computerized Passenger Reservation System(PRS) to ensure preparation of reservation charts at least four hours before scheduled departure of train and thereafter passenger can book the available accommodation through internet or across any computerized PRS center, till preparation of second reservation charts.

(iv)    Surprise checks are conducted by the Commercial/Vigilance Departments to prevent and check irregularities in the reservation system.

(v)    No refund is granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal ticket.

(vi)    The facility of change of name is not permitted on the booking made under Tatkal Scheme.

(vii)    The timings of opening of booking under Tatkal scheme on the opening day of reservation have been staggered to 1000 hours and 1100 hours on the previous day of journey from train originating station for AC and non-AC classes respectively.

(viii)    Authorized ticketing agents have been restricted from booking Tatkal tickets during the first thirty minutes of opening of Tatkal booking i.e. from 1000 hours to 1030 hours and from 1100 hours to 1130 hours for air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned classes respectively.

(ix)    Web service agents have been permitted to book only one Tatkal ticket per train per day

(x)    Maximum four passengers per PNR are permitted for Tatkal Tickets. Individuals are allowed only 2 Tatkal tickets per IP Address from 1000 hours to 1200 hours and maximum number of tickets allowed to an individual user is limited to 6 per month.

(xi)    CCTVs are installed at important PRS locations to monitor the activity of touts.

 

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Posted by on August 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Rail tatkal ticket: Booking timings revised; 50% refund on cancellation

Indian Railways has changed the timing for booking tatkal tickets adding that now customers can get refund for cancellation of the same. As per the new schedule, booking for AC classes will commence at 10 am and close at 11 am while for the non-AC classes, booking will commence at 11 am and close at 12 pm.

Furthermore, the refund policy on cancellation of tatkal tickets have also been changed, as per sources.

The Railways does not give any refund on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets, however, reports are pouring that henceforth 50 percent refund will be granted.

Railways will soon launch its ’Tatkal Special’ train service, travelling on which will be dearer than on normal trains.

The cash-strapped public transporter will make special trains on tatkal fares operational for certain busy routes, said a senior Railway ministry official.

While ‘Premium’ trains — tickets for which are priced as per a dynamic fare structure — are already operational, the Tatkal Special trains will be an additional service to cater to the rush.

A passenger would have to dole out more for a Tatkal service ticket as the rates for these are higher than the normal fare by anything in the range of Rs. 175 and Rs. 400.

The Tatkal rate is 10 percent of the basic fare for the Second class and 30 percent of the basic fare for all other classes, including AC category, said the official.

However, while tickets may only be booked online for the Premium trains, Tatkal Special tickets will be available both at railway ticket counters and online.

The Railways has also relaxed the advance reservation period for Tatkal Special trains.

Currently, a Tatkal ticket can be booked no more than 24 hours before the journey. But for a Tatkal Special train, advance reservation period is of a minimum 10 days and maximum 60 days.

With PTI Inputs

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Railways to launch tatkal special trains to cash in on rush

Looking to cash in on the rush for tickets during busy seasons, Railways will soon launch its ‘Tatkal Special’ train service, travelling on which will be dearer than on normal trains.

The cash-strapped public transporter will make special trains on tatkal fares operational for certain busy routes, said a senior railway ministry official.

While ‘Premium’ trains — tickets for which are priced as per a dynamic fare structure — are already operational, the Tatkal Special trains will be an additional service to cater to the rush.

A passenger would have to dole out more for a Tatkal service ticket as the rates for these are higher than the normal fare by anything in the range of Rs 175 and Rs 400.

The Tatkal rate is 10% of the basic fare for the Second class and 30% of the basic fare for all other classes, including AC category, said the official.

However, while tickets may only be booked online for the Premium trains, Tatkal Special tickets will be available both at railway ticket counters and online.

Railways has also relaxed the advance reservation period for Tatkal Special trains.

Currently, a Tatkal ticket can be booked no more than 24 hours before the journey. But for a Tatkal Special train, advance reservation period is of a minimum 10 days and maximum 60 days.

“The software for Tatkal Special ticketing system is being developed by CRIS. Once that is ready, Tatkal Special trains will be launched on select routes,” the official said.

A host of special trains are pressed into service during festive periods while additional trains are also run to clear the rush during the holiday season.

But these special trains operate as per a normal fare structure while Tatkal fares will be applicable for the Tatkal Special trains, he said.

No concessional fare will be allowed on Tatkal Special trains and, also, there will be no Tatkal quota on these trains since the entire service charges Tatkal fares.

TOI

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Commuters spared premium fare in first tatkal special train

In what can be termed as small mercy for passengers, the railways has decided to not bring in the premium tatkal concept for the first ever Tatkal Special train — a train in which all tickets will be under the tatkal quota — to be run on Indian Railways. The Tatkal Specials will run between Kurla LTT and Madgaon on Central and Konkan Railways. The reservation for the trains open on May 8 for the first trip on Saturday.

According to a CR statement, trains 01005 (between Kurla LTT and Madgaon) and 01006 (between Madgaon and Kurla LTT) will run on May 9 and May 16 while trains 01045 (Kurla LTT to Madgaon) and 01046 (Madgaon and Kurla LTT) will run on May 10 and May 17.

These trains will halt at Thane, Panvel, Roha, Mangaon, Khed, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Vaibhavwadi Road, Kankavali, Kudal, Sawantwadi Road, Thivim and Karmali, according to a CR statement. The railways, in order to make the trains more appealing, have ensured that their tickets can be booked on the net as well as at the booking windows. The composition — one AC-2 tier, two AC-3 tier, 7 Sleeper Class, 6 General Second Class and 2 General Second Class cum guard’s brake vans — also caters to all segments of the travelling crowd.

Railways are betting big on this new segment and the success of Tatkal Specials will see more such trains in the near future, said officials. “For the passenger, while he pays extra tatkal rates, the good part is that there is no dynamic pricing on the tickets. Unfortunately, dynamic pricing of tickets in some cases is making the tickets beyond reach of the common man, especially if he is travelling with his family,” said a senior railway official.
As first reported by dna, the premium tatkal concept is creating problems for passengers booking on the net with the ticket prices touching the upper limit of three times the fare within seconds.

In its April 18 edition, dna had highlighted the plight of Thane-resident Shyam Nair who booked two premium tatkal tickets on the 16345 Kurla-Thiruvananthapuram Netravati Express and got a bill of Rs 11,904 despite the IRCTC website showing the base fare of each ticket as Rs2,145.

The IRCTC’s official explanation was that in premium tatkal, since each class on a train will have just around 10-15 premium tatkal tickets that can be booked from computers nationwide, the booking is so quick that the price changes between inquiry time and booking time. In a matter of much less than a minute, a premium tatkal ticket will reach the upper limit (three times base fare), according to IRCTC officials.

DNA Indian

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Rlys cracks whip on touts with online booking rules

Ministry limits bookings under one account; website will force log out.

In a bid to curb touts, the ministry of railways decided to restrict the quota of online and tatkal tickets. After the reservation duration was extended from 60 to 120 days, commuters complained that it will lead to black marketing of tickets. With most preferring e-ticketing, the number of web accounts on irctc.co.in has been increasing rapidly.

According to the recent notice, only one booking under a user’s login session will be allowed. Between 8 am and 12 pm, not only will users be logged out if an attempt is made to make another booking (barring return tickets), but agents also will not be able to make bookings (except some relaxations for Rail Travellers Service Agents). This is applicable to all except defence booking under warrants.

In a day, users are allowed only two tickets per account for advance reservation bookings between 8 and 10 am. Only two tatkal tickets will be issued per day per IP address, while the maximum number of tickets allowed is 10 per month. The ‘quick book’ option will be disabled from 8 am and 12 pm. Security checks have been put in place to stop automated software. On top of that, alterations in Electronic Reservation Slips (ERS) have been made to disable modification of pre-issued tickets.

“The online booking limit is sufficient for genuine commuters. We have not received other rules for tatkal bookings,” said Sandeep Datta, public relations manager of IRCTC.

Harsha Shah of the Railway Pravasi Group said agents sometimes create fake accounts. “More than three lakh tickets get booked in the first 15 minutes,” he said. However, Nilesh Bhansali, director of Travel Agents Association of Pune, said such steps will not help the cause. “Indirectly, touts have been encouraged after the reservation period was increased. It should have been reduced,” he said. – PMB

Pune Mirror

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Now e-tokens to help sr citizens get tatkal tickets on priority

The NWR begins new facility at all the stations of Jodhpur division; senior citizens can procure e-tokens by registering online and then can buy tickets next day.

Giving privilege to elderly travellers

Under the initiative, a senior citizen is required to surf http://www.jodhpurrailsuvidha.com and get an e-token after registration. The exercise must be done a day before tatkal window gets opened for the train a senior citizen wishes to board. The software of the website will generate e-tokens for the aged persons randomly from 10 am to 5 pm. The successful, selected by the software, will be intimated of their priority.

In a bid to ensure reservation of aged persons in trains, the North Western Railway (NWR) has launched e-tokens for senior citizens which will help them get tatkal tickets on priority while standing in the queue.

Initially, the facility is being offered at all the stations falling under Jodhpur division and if the experiment gives positive results, then all stations will be linked with this. The scheme is said to be first-one-of-its kind in the country.

The chief public relations officer (CPRO) of NWR, Tarun Jain, releasing a statement, said that the very facility was offered to the females on the occasion of Women’s Day on March 8. Now the administration has decided to extend it to senior citizens. The facility began from Wednesday at all the stations of Jodhpur division.

Under the initiative, a senior citizen is required to surf http://www.jodhpurrailsuvidha.com and get an e-token after registration. The exercise must be done a day before tatkal window gets opened for the train a senior citizen wishes to board. The software of the website will generate e-tokens for the aged persons randomly from 10 am to 5 pm. The successful, selected by the software, will be intimated of their priority of e-token via a message on the same day between 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm. “The token will be issued to 10 successful applicants including women every day. On this basis, they can stand ahead in the queue for tatkal reservation next day. At the window, they are needed to show photo identity card and travel journey details. Also, the message sent on the mobile need to be showed to the ticket booker,” said Jain, adding that the physical presence of the traveller is a must to get the ticket and he or she could not send a representative.

He also stated that on experiential basis, the service has been launched in Jodhpur .

http://epaper.dnaindia.com/story.aspx?id=63733&boxid=20156&ed_date=2015-04-02&ed_code=1310016&ed_page=3

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Revitalising the Railways

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarification that there was no question of privatising the Indian Railways may not have been wholly necessary. But, to dispel a rumour campaign that it was being privatised, Mr. Modi used the ‘good governance’ platform from his Varanasi constituency to drive home that message. The fact remains that the government and the Railways badly need private and foreign investment in the system. The kind of resources needed to take up ongoing projects and also launch ambitious ones such as the dedicated rail corridor and bullet train services, cannot be met by public sector funding alone. That is why the Prime Minister has been looking to Japan and China to provide both technological and financial support to some of these projects. Equally important was the reiteration of the plan to set up four Railway universities across the country. These will specifically cater to the needs of the railway system and provide readily employable candidates in various disciplines. The focus of the railway universities could be very specific, be it the electrical, mechanical or signalling fields, to mention a few. It will take some time for the Railways to do the basic homework, identify the locations and courses, and complete the formalities to start these institutions, which could also look at upgrading the skills of existing employees and providing them opportunities to acquire higher qualifications.

Internally, the Railways is constantly trying to raise more funds and increase earnings from both freight and passenger fares. But a rather unpopular move in recent months has been the dynamic pricing of fares and the premium-rate Tatkal tickets. In October, the Railways unveiled premium Tatkal ticketing, under which 50 per cent of the tickets going through the travel-eve Tatkal window was brought into a dynamic pricing package. While 10 per cent of tickets in the ordinary second class come under Tatkal, up to 30 per cent in the sleeper and higher classes are brought under it. Only e-ticketing is allowed, agents cannot book these tickets, and individual identity document numbers have to be provided online and produced during travel. About 80 popular trains were brought under this scheme. What is more, for the holiday season now, the Railways have introduced special premium trains based on the dynamic pricing policy. The chief problem with the premium scheme is that it keeps the ordinary passenger who books tickets at the railway counter, out of the system: those without Internet access cannot utilise this option. Notably, in its first Railway budget, the BJP-led NDA government raised passenger fares by 14.2 per cent across the board. Even last year, without the dynamic fares, the Railways earned about Rs.1,000 crore through the Tatkal scheme.

The HIndu

 

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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