How new Tatkal booking system will help passengers

BANGALORE: In an attempt to revamp the 'Tatkal' booking system amid complaints by passengers that touts corner tickets and sell them at a premium, the Indian Railway has introduced several measures to ensure that the 'Tatkal' scheme gets more commuter friendly.

The booking of 'Tatkal' tickets under the revamped scheme began on July 10 and zonal railways have been instructed to make adequate arrangement at reservation counters accordingly, the statement said.

These measures are to make sure that a genuine person gets the advantage and black marketeers get less time to sell their booked tickets.

New tatkal plan makes booking tickets easier

#1 Under the new scheme, passengers will be allowed to book tatkal tickets exclusively at reservation counters between 10 am to noon for the trains leaving next day.

#2 The railways also decided that no authorised agents, including those of the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation, will be allowed to book Tatkal tickets in the first two hours -- from 10 a.m. to 12 noon

#3 There will be separate queues and counters for passengers buying tickets under the Tatkal scheme.

#4 CCTVs will also be installed at booking counters to monitor the 'Taktal' booking system.

#5 Passengers will have carry self-attested identity proofs to buy a Tatkal ticket.

#6 The Indian Railways has also said that only four passengers can be booked on a single ticket in the Tatkal scheme.

#7 Agents booking tickets on the internet under the 'Tatkal' scheme can now only book one ticket per train per day only after 12 noon.

#8 Passengers booking tickets on the internet under the 'Tatkal' scheme can now only book two tickets between 10 am and 12 noon.