With the Indian Railways reducing the advance reservation period (ARP) from 120 days to 60 days,commuters can heave a sigh of relief as the move aims to discourage touts from booking bulk tickets in advance and selling them at exorbitant prices during vacations.
The reduction of advance reservation period to 60 days will be a deterrent for touts who book bulk tickets in advance. We hope the move will help genuine travellers, a senior railway official said.
The new rule will be applicable from May 1. However,all the bookings done up to April 30 under the existing ARP of 120 days will remain. The cancellation of bookings made beyond the ARP of 60 days will,however,be permitted. There will be no change in the case of ARP limit of 360 days for foreign tourists.
Currently,Tatkaal tickets are issued only on the production of self-attested photocopy of a valid identity proof. No agents are allowed to book tatkal tickets from 10 am to noon over the internet.
Welcoming the decision,Harsha Shah,president of Railway Pravasi Group,said,The railways should be congratulated for taking a passenger-friendly decision. In fact,it would be advisable to bring the ARP down to one month or 15 days. The times have changed and no one hardly makes travel plans two-three months in advance. The move will curb the menace of black marketing.