Railways staggers tatkal booking to ease pressure, upto 50 pc refund on cancellation

The new tatkal booking schedule will come into effect in the next couple of days, a senior railway official said.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: June 10, 2015 8:03 pm
Tatkal, Tatkal ticket booking, Tatkal tickets, Tatkal fare, IRCTC, IRCTC Tatkal, Indian Railways, Tatkal news, India news he public transporter has decided to rechristen premium trains as “Suvidha” trains with an overhaul in the fare structure, cancellations and bookings, Railway Member (Traffic) Ajay Shukla said.

To ease pressure during peak hours, Railways has decided to stagger booking of tatkal tickets by allowing reservations in AC class from 10 am to 11 am and non-AC class from 11 am. The new tatkal booking schedule will come into effect in the next couple of days, a senior railway official said.

It is also toying with the idea of giving refund on cancellation of tatkal tickets, the percentage of which would be calculated based on a time frames. The public transporter has decided to rechristen premium trains as “Suvidha” trains with an overhaul in the fare structure, cancellations and bookings, Railway Member (Traffic) Ajay Shukla said.

Announcing the changes in timing of tatkal bookings for AC and non-AC classes, he said the measures were taken to ensure “fast service while booking online and reducing¬†passenger rush at the counters”. Talking to reporters, Sharma said the IRCTC website had recently registered three crore hits in a day, slowing the server in the process.

Besides, he said plans are afoot to refund a percentage of fare on cancellation of tatkal tickets, which is hitherto unavailable. “We are considering to refund certain percentage. We will have a time frame and if a passenger refunds within the time frame, he will be refunded accordingly,” he said.

Refunds will also be available on cancellations of tickets of premier trains and such refunds would go “up to 50 per cent”, he said. At present, no such facility is available, making such services unpopular among a segment of the customers.

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    Chandan Bhowmick
    Jun 10, 2015 at 8:16 pm
    Railways was to take decision on REFUND in TATKAL ticket after introduction of TATKAL waiting list.since cancellation would means accomodation to waiting list pengers which means 50% extra income for railways from cancellation.
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      Honey
      Jun 10, 2015 at 7:46 pm
      I believe tatkal was started as an emergency ticket booking. Now railways are reserving more and more seats under this category thereby fleecing the common man to go this route
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        Honey
        Jun 10, 2015 at 7:44 pm
        Railways are misusing tatkal scheme to generate profits
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          Lovely
          Jun 10, 2015 at 9:08 pm
          We have to modernise entire ralway system. For eg Signals, Coaches,Tracks ,It requires 150000lac crores. This is where FDI comes in to picture. Unless this problem is addressed this will go on . Every govt was aware of it. Now, hope Modi govt will do something.
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            Lovely
            Jun 10, 2015 at 9:12 pm
            You are a KG Pappu?
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              Lovely
              Jun 10, 2015 at 9:12 pm
              You are right. India has highest penger ridership i.e. 600 crores approx after China which has 800 crores. Whereas USA has 4 times more railway lines than we have but its ridership is only 3 crores. It is a very por public utility--- which should be modernised for better usage .
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                mahesh2009
                Jun 11, 2015 at 4:49 am
                Indian Rail the only business in the world where they refuse a willing, paying customer
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                  seshadri
                  Jun 10, 2015 at 7:49 pm
                  oh then you should be appointed as financial advisor to rail minister
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                    Indian
                    Jun 10, 2015 at 9:02 pm
                    The NEW RULE would ist the TOUTS. ........... Book AC Tickets from 10-11AM and then BOOK NON-AC Tickets from 11AM. ...................... Earmark 25% seats in AC for TATKAL and allow reservation FOUR DAYS in advance. The RICH AC TRAVELLERS will pay more to make railways profitable. .......... AC SEATS being always FULL before SLEEPER CL indicates that more INDIANS are willing to pay more for "comfortable journey" - so increas number AC COACH in every train to earn more profit. ..
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