Online train ticket bookings touch 13.45 lakh on April 1

A total 13,45,496 rail tickets including 1,25,790 Tatkal were booked online through IRCTC website.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:April 2, 2015 4:16 pm
Rail tickets, Railway, IRCTC, Railway booking, Railway Ministry, Tatkal, Taj Express, Gomti Express, e-tickets, Railway news, India railways, indian railway news, india news, railway ministry news, News Railway Ministry has recently put some curbs on the number of online bookings made during peak hours.

A record 13.45 lakh rail tickets were booked online on the first day on Wednesday when the new rule of the railways came into force, allowing passengers to book tickets 120 days in advance rather than 60 days.

Railways have extended the advance reservation period to 120 days to deal with the malaise of touts cornering bulk tickets.

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“The decision for increase of advance reservation period from two months to four months was taken to prevent touts to corner bulk tickets,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.

“The four-month window helps passengers to plan their vacations well in advance,” he added.

A total 13,45,496 rail tickets including 1,25,790 Tatkal were booked online through IRCTC website for total 32,16,039 passengers on the first day of this month, the official said.

The booking of over 13 lakh tickets on a day is highest record so far as IRCTC ticketing site registers an average booking of 5 lakh tickets a day.

The total collection amount for online booking was Rs 2,50,6552,814 out of which IRCTC service charge would be Rs 43,033,947.

IRCTC levies a service charge of Rs 20 per e-ticket in case of sleeper class (SL) and second class sitting and Rs 40 per e-ticket in case of all AC classes irrespective of the number of passengers on an e-ticket.

Earlier, the service charge was Rs 10 for Sleeper and Rs 20 for AC class which was doubled from the April 1.

There were total cancellation of 1,74,871 bookings on Wednesday and total cancelled amount was Rs 22,29,52,969.

Railways have banned the travel agents from booking online Tatkal tickets from 8 AM to 12 noon.

Tatkal bookings were 2,89,176 between 8 AM and 9 AM and 1,86,519 between 10 AM and 11 AM.

The 120-day advance booking rule will, however, not be applicable in case of certain day time express trains like Taj Express, Gomti Express and special trains. These trains will continue to have a 30-day advance booking window.

Railway Ministry has also recently put some curbs on the number of online bookings made during peak hours.

Now, only one train ticket can be booked online with one log-in after which the booking session will expire during the peak hours.

“This is also being done to check the menace of touts. There will be a restriction of only one booking in one user log-in session in E-ticketing and forced logging out of the user before another booking for all users including IRCTC agents,” said the official.

However, this restriction will not be applicable while booking onward journey/return journey e-tickets.

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    birbal prasad
    Apr 4, 2015 at 6:54 pm
    Etikat boking
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      dhruv narayan
      Apr 4, 2015 at 9:03 pm
      Irctc
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        haradhan chel
        Apr 18, 2015 at 7:39 am
        Government is also cheating with the people.....How people will get eticket , that is the duty of government....Now a days...no online shop do not take any extra money for purchasing anything...But Railway is sucking public pockets forcefully taking RS- 20 and RS- 40 per ticket as irctc service charge and additional Rs 10 for bank.. This is completely cheating... because there is no other online options to the people. There is no compeor of IRCTC. Government should not do this....
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          Saurabh Agrawal
          Jul 5, 2015 at 1:00 am
          "You are allowed to book only two tickets per IP address". I will try to explain this problem in simple words so that everyone will be able to understand:- There are two kinds of IP Addresses: Public and Private (Lets say). World(IRCTC here) is able to recognize Public IP Addresses only. One Public IP Address can be converted to thousands of Private IP Addresses. Every service provider has to create Private IP Addresses due to scarcity of Public IP Addresses. Let say your service provider has created 500 Private IP Addresses out of one Public IP Address. So maximum of two tickets is allowed per Public IP Address. Therefore, one person can book two tickets or two persons can book one ticket each out of these 500 users. For example: Educational Insutes and others' are having 4-5 Public IP Addresses serving around 5000 students on an average. Hope this clarifies.
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            Sindhia Rajguru
            Jul 23, 2015 at 11:22 pm
            Thank you for the response, though it contains some inaccuracies. What you are telling as Public and Private IP addresses are also referred to as external and internal ip addresses. If my router provides internet to my laptop, my mobile phone and my pc, all these three devices will have the same ip addresses. But if my BSNL modem is connected to my pc and my neighbour's BSNL modem is connected to his pc, we will have different ip addresses. It is not correct to say that because of lack of something, the service provider igns 'private ip add' and so many computers will have the same (public) ip addresses. That IS NOT CORRECT. Moreover, even if what you said is correct, irctc's emplo method of testing whether somebody has already booked two tatkal tickets or not by this ip address method, is COMPLETELY FAULTY and results in persons being denied of tickets even though they have not booked any ticket at all!! Do you understand or not?
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            Sindhia Rajguru
            Apr 10, 2015 at 11:23 am
            It appears that the very recent modifications in online Tatkal booking is only an eye-wash or has thoroughly failed. Today, I was not able to book a ticket for my family either from my mobile or from my laptop. A message always comes up: "You are allowed to book only two tickets per IP address", though that was the first time I was trying to book a ticket from the device. WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE RAILWAYS?
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              Congi
              Apr 3, 2015 at 4:05 am
              is a good step towards rail facility and less trouble of lining up at tkt window
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                Tg Ramachandran
                Apr 3, 2015 at 6:53 am
                A thorough revamp of railways,the once life line of our nation,will have a sobering effect on our GDP & also make it self reliant,efficient & corruption free-it is being misused & looted from all sides!
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