The advance reservation period for Tatkal tickets had been reduced from 48 hours to 24 hours by the Indian Railways on Friday. The step taken by the railways has been considered as one of the prevention to prevent misuse of the scheme introduced to facilitate emergency travel.
The complaints against the misuse of the tatkal schemes were increasing day by day and had put railways in to tention to think over it.
Now there willbe no return on the confirm tatkal tickets except in case of cancellation of trains and late running trains.
Also the restriction for agents had extended so that they can book Tatkal ticket from one hour to two hours (8 am to 10 am).
In the new tighten rules one has to give strong identification proof for the tatkal ticket and only four passengers per PNR for such tickets will be present.
“We found out that regular journeys were taking place on tatkal. But the idea is that the scheme be used by passenger in emergency. Tatkal booking is a source of earning for the railways. But this is not the way we would like to earn money. We are putting in restrictions for the benefit of passengers who need to actually travel in emergency.”
The railway minister said:
To prevent the miss use of the tatkal reservation scheme the Tatkal reservation period had been reduced and the new time period for the Tatkal reservation is from 48 hours to 24 hours.
Acording to the new rules the duplicate ticket will be issued only in the cases on payment of full fare including Tatkal charges and not in any other cases.
“There were many complaints regarding misuse of Tatkal tickets. The changes that will be effective within a week has been made to prevent its misuse,”
Vinay Mittal, chairman, Railway Board, said.