Steps Taken to Prevent Misuse of Tatkal Tickets

Ministry of Railways 24-August, 2012
Steps Taken to Prevent Misuse of Tatkal Tickets
With a view to reduce the scope for misuse, Tatkal tickets are issued on
production of self attested photocopy of one of the prescribed proof of identity
and the same in original is required to be carried during the journey, to verify
the bonafide of passengers. However, during peak rush periods when the demand
outstrips the availability, some cases of black marketing of reserved tickets by
touts come to notice at the time of surprise inspections and preventive checks
conducted at reservation offices.
During the period from April 2012 to June
2012, a large number of checks were conducted during which 930 unauthorized
agents/touts were apprehended/prosecuted.
During the current financial year
(upto June 2012), Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has
permanently deactivated 14 subagents for involvement in irregularities.
Moreover, with a view to keep a check on the activities of agents booking Tatkal
tickets, following additional steps have been taken:
1. The timing of opening
of reservation of Tatkal tickets has been changed to 1000 hours on the previous
day of journey instead of 0800 hours as per earlier provision.
2. Access to
Tatkal bookings has been denied to agents both through internet as well as
across the computerized Passenger Reservation System (PRS) counters between 1000
hours & 1200 hours.
3. Captcha has been introduced to check fraudulent
booking on internet through automation software.
4. Booking of only two
tickets per IP address between 1000 hours and 1200 hours
is permitted to avoid
multiple booking from same office/internet café.
5. Quick book option and
booking on cash card is not allowed between 1000 hours and 1200 hours.
Individual users can also book only two tickets between 1000 hours and 1200
7. No refund is granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets
except under special circumstances like cancellation of train, late running of
train by more than three hours, etc.
8. Duplicate Tatkal tickets are not
issued except on payment of full fare.
9. Facility of change of name is not
available under this scheme

 This information was given by the Minister of
State for Railways, Shri Bharatsinh Solanki in a written reply in Rajya Sabha

(Release ID :86682)

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