Railways ease rush on Tatkal route

Booking of Tatkal tickets in the Railways starts at 10 am now, instead of 8 am, on the previous day of journey from the station where the train originates. The Railways has brought in changes to prevent the misuse of the Tatkal system. The new rule came into effect from July 10. Earlier, Tatkal reservations started at 8am for trains leaving the next day. Though technically counters for Tatkal reservations remained open throughout the day, the tickets were booked quickly. Travel agents and touts booked the tickets in bulk, leaving other customers in the lurch. Many of them failed to get tickets even after standing in queues from 6 in the morning. The system is different now as the Railways has barred travel agents and touts from booking tickets between 10 am and noon now.

How to book Tatkal tickets?
Under the new system, Tatkal tickets will be sold between 10am and 12 noon. Tokens will be issued at the entrance between 10 am and 11 am for people to queue up before the counters. All counters will issue only Tatkal tickets between 10 am and 10.30 am. People coming to book general tickets have to wait as there will be no general bookings for 30 minutes

Proposal for installing exclusive counters for Tatkal tickets
Many divisions of Railways have come out with new Tatkal counters to ease booking for Tatkal tickets and end confusion. But the South-Western Railway (SWR) is yet to introduce the facility. It is expected to introduce the special counters soon.

Tatkal tickets can be booked online
Tickets can be booked online on the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website http://www.irctc.co.in

Travel agents banned
Agents of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), Rail Travellers’ Agents (RTA) and Rail Travellers’ Service Agents (RTSA) have been banned from booking Tatkal tickets during the two hours.

Charges
The Tatkal charges have been fixed at 10% of the basic fare for second class and 30% of the basic fare for all other classes subject to minimum and maximum.
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