Indian Railways offer various facilities and schemes to the people of the country from time to time. One of them is the the scheme of Tatkal Reservation which is one of the most popular and useful service. But now a days many complaints are being registered for the misuse of the Tatkal reservation scheme. So Railways has decided to introduce some new rules for the Tatkal Reservation System.
About Tatkal Scheme of Indian Railway:
The Tatkal scheme of Indian railways was introduced to help the Indian Railways pessengers to book ticket in case of emergencies. The introduction of ‘Tatkal’ Scheme by Indian Railways has been proved beneficial for latecomers. ‘Tatkal’ is an emergency reservation scheme. The ‘Tatkal’ scheme is applicable to more than 100 trains throughout India.
The tatkal scheme for reservation has been reviewed and the following changes have been made in the scheme with effect from 21st of November 2011.
According to the new rules:
- Indian Railway has decided to reduce the advance reservation period of the scheme from two days to one day as part of measure to prevent misuse of the facility.
- There will be no refund on confirmed Tatkal tickets subject to the exceptions such as cancellation of trains and late running trains and no Duplicate Tatkal Tickets will be issues.
- Indian Railways banned travel agents from Tatkal booking through e-ticketing route on all days between 8 am to 9 am, to help reduce traffic on the site during peak opening hours.
- Now, only four passengers will now be allowed to travel per PNR for Tatkal tickets in order to avoid misuse of reservation facility. The prevailing system allows a maximum of six in case of normal bookings
- According to the changed system, no duplicate Tatkal tickets shall be issued now and it would be done only in exceptional cases on payment of full fare including Tatkal charges.
- Moreover, producing identity proof will now be made compulsory at the time of bookingthe Tatkal tickets under the new guidelines. Tatkal ticket shall be issued only on production of any one of the eight prescribed proof of identity:
- Voter photo identity card
- Pan card
- Driving licence
- Photo identity card
- Student identity card issued by recornised college/school
- Nationalised Bank passbook with photo graph
- Credit card issued by bank with laminated photo graph.
Well, hope these steps will help the Indian Railway to stop the misuse of Tatkal Reservation system and common people can also get the berth under the Tatkal Reservation system.