New Tatkal norms come into effect

Booking for AC starts at 10 a.m., sleeper class at 11 a.m.

The new timings for booking Tatkal tickets introduced by the Railways came into effect on Monday.

The timings for booking tickets in air-conditioned coaches through Tatkal quota commences at 10 a.m. on the day before the journey. The tickets in sleeper class coaches through Tatkal quota can be booked only from 11 a.m. on the day before the journey.

Along with the revised timings, all types of ticketing agents have been barred by the Railways from booking reservation tickets during the first 30 minutes of opening of the booking counters, that is from 8 a.m. to 8.30 a.m. This is to ensure the needy and the general public get the benefits of the Tatkal quota.

New servers

Meanwhile, the IRCTC has added two high-capacity servers to double peak-time efficiency for issuing Tatkal tickets. With this the booking capacity through the IRCTC website has gone up to over 14,000 tickets per minute from the existing 7,200.

Tatkal reservations on all trains in the railway network of the country come to roughly 4,00,000 tickets (around 2.5 lakh PNRs).

Around 54 per cent train tickets in the country are booked through the IRCTC website.

The average daily sale of tickets through the portal is 5.5 lakh to 6 lakh. With two more servers, the IRCTC has 17 servers while the existing 1.4 GB bandwidth has increased by 25 per cent.

  • High-capacity servers to double efficiency

  • 14,000 tickets can be booked per minute