Indian Railways introduced changes in the tatkal tickets booking timings, as now Tatkal tickets for AC and non-AC class will be booked on separate timings. This change will be implemented from June 15, as per the circular issued by director passengers marketing, railway board.
At present, the booking under Tatkal Scheme opens at 10am on the previous day of journey and the booking for all the classes are done at the same time. The Tatkal tickets usually get sold within few minutes after opening of window. But, now to facilitate the non-AC passengers and to decrease the unnecessary rush at windows, timings for both the classes have been separated.
Booking for AC class will be done from 10-11am and for non-AC booking timings will be from 11am-12 noon.
Besides, to keep check on the touts and other money-making agencies, instructions have been passed that now all types of ticketing agents like Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendra (YTSK), (RTSA), Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) agents will be debarred from booking tickets during the first 30 minutes of opening of booking from 8-8:30 am for general bookings, from 10 to 10:30 am and 11 to 11:30 am for tatkal booking in AC and non-AC classes, respectively.
BRS Nagar resident Rahul Awasthi said, “Though it remains hard to get tickets confirmed under Tatkal System, as tickets get sold out within a minute or two, but still as passengers will have an option to go for non-AC class, it will benefit them for sure. Besides, decision to debarring ticket agents from booking in the first half hour of booking will also benefit the common passengers.”
Railway station superintendent Yashwant Singh said, “We didn’t receive a formal notice for the same, but as per the information this system will benefit the passengers and will keep tight trap on touts.