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Railways plan to double ticket cancellation charges kicks in

The official said that the purpose behind amending the Railway Passengers (Cancellation of Ticket and Refund of Fare) Rules, 2015, is to plug the scope of misuse.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: November 13, 2015 11:51 am
indian railways, IRCTC, railway tickets, train tickets, IRCTC ticket booking, IRCTC cancellation charges, railways ticket fares, train ticket cancellation charges, india news, latest news While the cancellation fee of a Second-class confirmed ticket 48 hours before the scheduled departure of a train has been increased from Rs 30 to Rs 60, a similar step for a Third-AC ticket will cost Rs 180 as against the earlier Rs 90. (Source: Express file photo)

Cancellation charge for a railway ticket has been doubled while the refund option can now be availed only till four hours before the scheduled departure of a train as new rules came into effect today which railways said was aimed at thwarting touts.

According to the new refund rules, railways has doubled the ticket cancellation charge with the aim of helping genuine passengers get confirmed tickets.

“There will be no refund after the departure of a train and one has to get the refund four hours before the scheduled departure as per the revised refund rules,” said a senior railway ministry official, adding that the revised refund rules are effective from today.

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“The rules were revised to discourage touts and ticketing agents who engage in black marketing of tickets,” said the official.

While the cancellation fee of a Second-class confirmed ticket 48 hours before the scheduled departure of a train has been increased from Rs 30 to Rs 60, a similar step for a Third-AC ticket will cost Rs 180 as against the earlier Rs 90.

For wait-listed and reservation-against-cancellation (RAC) tickets, one has to avail the refund up to half-an-hour before the scheduled departure of the train and there will be no refund after that.

The Second-Sleeper class cancellation charge has been increased from Rs 60 to Rs 120 while for Second AC it is now Rs 200 as against the earlier Rs 100, according to the railway notification.

The official said that the purpose behind amending the Railway Passengers (Cancellation of Ticket and Refund of Fare) Rules, 2015, is to plug the scope of misuse.

Earlier, between 48 hours and 6 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, cancellation fee was 25 per cent of the ticket. Now, the charge will be 25 per cent of the ticket for cancellation between 48 hours and 12 hours before the scheduled departure of a train.

Also, from 6 hours before the scheduled departure of a train and up to 2 hours after the actual departure of the train, cancellation fee was 50 per cent of the ticket.

However, the revised rules stipulate that between 12 hours and 4 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, cancellation fee will be 50 per cent of the ticket.

Railways has also decided to enable certain unreserved ticket counters to allow refund of reserved ticket.

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    ARUN CHOWDUHRY
    Aug 12, 2017 at 2:10 pm
    I have one tickets (three passengers) in humsafar exp. i want to canncell the the ticket but no one tell me how charge will debit for canncellion tickets. so plz tell me any one . thanks hwh to ypr 22888 humsafar exp.
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      G.mathew
      Jul 31, 2017 at 9:35 pm
      Its clear looting.Whatever explanation you give,its too much.The authorities enjoy all the benefits like free travel etc they survive on our money
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      1. Faheem Qureshi
        Mar 22, 2017 at 7:34 am
        Ticket refund error 605
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          satyaranjan majhi
          Mar 2, 2017 at 2:27 pm
          canncel my ticket 3 march 2017
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            Muralidaran
            Jan 11, 2016 at 6:50 am
            Who can be called as a genuine traveller can any one explain? “The rules were revised to discourage touts and ticketing agents who engage in black marketing of tickets,” said by the senior official of railway. What a funny explanation is this. This is similar to a police man saying, we will take with us all your extra money from your pockets to discourage pickpockets. Who bothers about the explanation you give, for what you do. A common man will think about what he pays while he book a ticket and what he looses when he cancel it. Giving a explanation for the act one do is not that difficult job? Every one can give explanation, whether it is genuine or not is important. If one cancells a ticket, the person who is in the queue next to him hand overs the money to him and occupies his position in that queue. Thats all the deal is. Why we have to pay to the railway in this case. I will say the railway is trying to extract money from both the thief and public as much as they can.
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