Tatkal Booking – Revised

The new revised TATKAL Booking Scheme has come into effect from 21.11.2011. This change is to curb the unscrupulous use of the current scheme says the Railway Ministry. The major changes as follows:

1. The Advance Reservation period (ARP) of Tatkal scheme has been reduced from 2 days as earlier to 1 day excluding the day of journey from the train originating station.

If the passenger has to board the train starting on 15th of Dec, tatkal tickets tickets can be reservered only from 14th Dec 10:00hrs.

2. Tatkal tickets will be issued only on the production of valid photo proof of identity. For this purpose, a self attested photo copy of the id proof of any one passenger is required to be attached to the requisition slip. It will not be mandatory for the passengers to go to the counter to book the Tatkal ticket, however, the proof will have to be sent in the above said manner.

3. For internet booking of Tatkal tickets, the passenger will have to enter the identity proof type & number which will be used for travel. These details will be printed on the ERS as well as on the Chart for Tatkal Tickets.

4. The same id proof used while reserving tickets needs to carried during the journey. During the journey, the passenger whose identity card number has been indicated on the ticket, will have to produce original proof of identity indicated on the ticket, failing which all the passengers booked on the ticket shall be treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly.

5. No refund will be granted on cancellation of Tatkal confirmed tickets subject to the exception such as cancellation of trains/late running of trains for more than 3 hours, etc.

6. Now it will be possible to book a maximum of 4 passengers per PNR for Tatkal Tickets.

7. Agents/RTSA’s shall be restricted from the booking Tatkal tickets at the counters between 10:00 hours and 12:00 hours.

8. The web services agents of IRCTC will be permitted to book only one Tatkal Ticket per train per day on the internet.

Later when AADHAR is operational, TATKAL booking scheme will be linked to AADHAR.

Article by Divya.

Updated : Aug, 2012

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