The Tatkal Scheme is an Indian Railways scheme for journey at very short notices. It was introduced by the then railway minister Nitish Kumar in all form of reserved class in almost all Mail/Express trains in India.
A new booking system called Premium Tatkal was introduced on October 1, 2014 wherein half of the tickets on certain trains will be dynamically priced. These tickets can be purchased only by passengers online, not by tout. To begin with, Indian Railways has implemented this system for about 80 trains. The same rules apply Premium Tatkal and Tatkal tickets otherwise.
- Tatkal Booking starts one day in advance (reduced from 2 days) excluding the day of journey e.g. for a journey on 3rd, bookings would open at 10 am on 2nd. However, the day of journey is defined as the day of chart preparation. So if the train starts e.g. on 3rd, and reaches the desired boarding station on 4th, the Tatkal booking will start on 2nd and not 3rd.
- Copy of identity is required to be produced at the time of booking the ticket. However as of February 11, 2011, the passenger will be required to furnish ID in original such as a PAN Card, Passport, Driver's Licence, etc. during the actual journey.
- There will be no separate Tatkal train defined. Non-utilised Tatkal tickets are released to wait-listed passengers. Confirmed tatkal tickets can be cancelled but no refunds will be provided. But waitlisted tatkal tickets can be cancelled with refunds.
- In those trains and in those classes where average utilization of Tatkal accommodation during the peak period of April to September is 80% and above, the Tatkal charges that are applicable during peak period will be charged throughout the year i.e. for both peak and non-peak periods.
Fraud with Tatkal Scheme and Prevention Measures
Due to misuse of this scheme, from July 10, 2012 the Ministry of Railways has changed the timings of tatkal bookings from 10 AM IST to 12 PM IST for agents only. Consumers can still book tatkal tickets on the IRCTC website starting at 10 AM IST. Besides, tatkal bookings remains closed for agents for initial two hours. The authorised agents, including agents of IRCTC and others, are allowed to book only one tatkal tickets per train per day on internet after 12.00 P.M.
- -Tatkal Scheme Changes
- Railway Ministry Guidelines for New Tatkal Rules November 2011
- Indian Railways - Tatkal Scheme
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