Tatkal tickets to cost more as Railways starts dynamic pricing

According to the system, after 50 per cent of the tatkal tickets are sold, rates would go up after every 10 per cent.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 2, 2014 9:46 pm
train-main Tatkaal tickets are already an additional premium paid on normal fares.

In a bid to shore up its revenues, the Indian Railways has decided to sell 50 per cent of tatkal tickets through the system of dynamic pricing. This means that while the first half of the total number of tatkal tickets will be sold at existing tatkal rates, which are up to 30 per cent higher than normal fare, the second half will be sold at progressively higher prices.

The new scheme will be implemented on the most popular trains, tatkal tickets for which face huge demand across the country. Each of the 16 zonal railways has been asked to identify five most popular trains and implement the scheme.

According to the system, after 50 per cent of the tatkal tickets are sold, rates would go up after every 10 per cent. The system, which was rolled out on October 1, will be fully implemented within a week.

Facing questions about the need for such a move, especially when diesel prices are stable in the country, the Railways claimed that it was necessary to ward off the menace of touts.

Officials in the Railways Ministry believe that touts hoard tatkal tickets illegally and charge hefty premium on them from needy passengers. This signifies that passengers are willing to pay a higher price for confirmed tickets, so the ministry decided to charge that premium itself.

“As per our internal assessment, touts were hoarding tatkal tickets and were selling them at much higher prices to needy passengers. This move is to provide relief to genuine passengers so they don’t fall prey to unlawful elements,” said a Railways spokesperson.

Currently, tatkal charges are 10 per cent of basic fare for second class and 30 per cent of basic fare for all other classes.

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  1. N
    Nandakishor Chavan
    Sep 20, 2016 at 8:26 am
    The decision which took by Indian railways is very wrong. Either they should raise ticket fare on all trains/cles or it should be fixed fare. As I ume Indian railways it public serving transport service. Here they should not think like private transports. I am not satisfied with this decision.
    1. P
      Oct 3, 2014 at 5:24 am
      You are not a rationalist but a person with a rationed (limited) intelligence. You are talking sitting in an ivory tower. You have no concern for a common citizen.
      1. K Narayana Pillai
        Oct 2, 2014 at 10:34 am
        The following are simple and practical suggestion to stop all malpractices in ticketing.1. Railway is resorting to unethical ways for its revenue. For example railway is issuingticket on thatkal even when all the wait list ticket are confirmed later. That is large number of tickets are blocked under some reserved quota. The present Thatkal reservation system should go. The reservation system should be transparent. Pooled quota, remote location quota, roadside quota etc. should go. There should be only wait listed ticket. For long distance trains, fix quotas for main stations on the basis of penger traffic.2. Total available ticket may be may be categorized in three types.Type –I Normal fare ticket. 95% of the available seat may fall in this category. Can be booked one /two months in advance.Type- II Double the normal fare (Non refundable). Reserve 4.5 % of the available seat in this category. Tickets may be booked two days before the start of journey to half an hour before the train departure.Type –III Triple the normal fare(Non refundable). Reserve 0.5% of the available reserved seat. Tickets may be booked two days before the start of journey to half an hour before the train departure.3. Do away with all type of quota system ( VIP quota, Emergency quota, Ladies quota, Senior citizen quota etc.)4. Railway should not do free service orconcessional service to any sections of society. Do away with all free p system or concessions (Presently concessions are under 50 categories-all should go). No one should be allowed to board the train without ticket other than the persons igned on duty on the particular train. Other on duty deputed personsof railway or other departments must buy the ticket any should claim the journey fare as it is done by other government servants. The present warrant system to the service personal should also go. If the railway or other department wants to give free travels for its present or retired employees, it should be on reimburt basis not on free p system5pared other mode of transport system, railway ticket fare is much less. Can be increased to at least 60% of the present rate. The chargefor the season ticket holders should also increase substantially.
        1. T
          Oct 2, 2014 at 5:20 pm
          Wow what a solution from bjpIf you don't tackle corruptions just punish the victims. Achche din ki namuna
          1. A
            Nov 3, 2014 at 10:28 am
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