Will the “New Tatkal Scheme” of the Indian Railways be “Commuter-Friendly” and help “Genuine Passengers” ?

The Indian Railways has introduced a “New Tatkal Scheme” wef 10th July 2012.

As Per the “New Tatkal Scheme”: 

  • The passengers can  book train tickets for the trains of the next day under  “Tatkal Scheme” at exclusive counters at the Reservation Centers from 10 00 am to 12 00 noon,
  • Authorized Travel Agents and the Agents of  the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will be allowed to book Tatkal tickets from 10 00 am to 12 00 noon, 
  • There will be separate “Tatkal Counters” and Separate Queues for “Tatkal Tickets” at Railway Reservation Centers,.
  • CCTVs will also be installed at booking counters to monitor the ‘Taktal’ bookings at Reservations Centers,
  • Passengers must  carry self-attested photo copies of Photo Identity Proofs to book under the “New Tatkal “ Scheme,
  • A maximum of only four passengers can be booked on a single ticket in the “New Tatkal Scheme”.
  • Authorizes Agents can book online using internet, only one ticket per day, per train after 12 00 noon,
  • Passengers booking tickets online using the internet under the “New Tatkal Scheme” can book only two tickets from 10 00 am to 12 00 noon. 

According to the Railways Authorities, because of the above rules of the “New Tatkal Scheme” the black marketers will have less time to sell train tickets at premiums.

The Railways has introduced the so called “New Tatkal Scheme”, to restrict agents and staff of railways selling tatkal tickets at premiums in black market and make train tickets bookings “Commuter-Friendly”.and made the following changes:
  • reduction of timings for tatkal bookings and
  • the staggering  of commencing time from 08 00 am to 10 00 am, which will affect office goers and
  • the restriction of the number of passengers to 4 passengers per ticket and
  • the restriction of online booking of “Tatkal Tickets”.
As  it is obvious that the agentcy system is the root cause for the difficulty in the “genuine passengers” getting tatkal train tickets, why don’t the Railways completely scrap the “Agency System” in trains tickets bookings?
The changes being made by the Indian Railways, in the “Tatkal Tickets Bookings” are only discouraging “genuine passengers” booking tickets online.

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11 years ago

this one just completely against online users. cant they think of anything else?
now people will have to go to railway station, the booking clerk's load will increase people will ask for more counters people will ask for counting system, the que system will not be followed RPF should be there to control the crowd, all the same old troubles will be back. instead just spend some money to improve the performance of the site and punish who sell or use tickets bought in black.