PUNE: The Pune railway division has made it mandatory to produce proof of identity while booking Tatkal tickets at all reservation counters in the division. Earlier, the rule was implemented only at the counter at the Pune railway station. There are more than 50 reservation counters across the division.
“The initiative has helped to reduce involvement of middlemen in the Tatkal booking process. Besides, it has brought down bookings made under fake names,” an official from the Pune division said.
He added, “We had received complaints from passengers about touts interfering in the Tatkal reservation process at counters. Passengers had said they were unable to book Tatkal tickets for trains originating from Pune because of touts purchasing tickets under fake/fictitious names.”
The official said the Pune division was the first under the purview of the Central Railways to implement the initiative at all reservation counters. Moreover, the Central Railways administration has now directed all other divisions to implement the rule at reservation counters in their respective jurisdictions.
The official said the administration frequently conducted drives against touts and agents involved in purchase and sale of tickets in fake names. Surprise checks are also conducted at vulnerable reservation counters. The administration will continue with such drives to restrict illegal activities, he said.
According to the administration, a passenger or a person booking a ticket for him/her is expected to produce any one of the documents listed as proof of identity by the administration.
The official said the authorised reservation centres in the division are located in Pune city, Khadki, Chinchwad, Miraj, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli, Baramati, Karad, Dehuroad, Ichalkaranji and Rajgurunagar. The division records almost 100% Tatkal bookings, he said.