Self tatkal counter to beat touts

One passenger reservation counter will function as ‘Self Tatkal Counter’ at Mangalore Central, Kannur and Kozhikode railway stations from August 1 to 10 on a trial basis between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. As directed by the Railway Board, this is being tried all over the country to discourage touts walking away with bulk of the Tatkal tickets, said S. James, Public Relations Officer, Palakkad Division of Southern Railway. He said the identity of passengers would be checked when they are in queue, and those booking Tatkal ticket for themselves would be directed to Self Tatkal Counter.