Indian Railways Tatkal booking scheme: Fact sheet on timing, refunds and more

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Indian Railways Tatkal Booking scheme: With a view to provide reservation to those passengers who have to undertake journey at a very short notice or an emergency and to save them from the clutches of unscrupulous elements/touts, Tatkal Reservation Scheme was introduced in December, 1997. Initially this scheme was available only in around 110 trains and mainly in Sleeper Class. At that time an extra coach was to be attached for this purpose. This scheme was thoroughly revised in August 2004 and some modifications were made from time to time. Here is all you want to know about Tatkal Booking scheme in 8 points: (AP)
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1. Indian Railways Tatkal Booking scheme: Tatkal booking for AC classes opens at 1000 hours on the previous day of journey excluding date of journey from the train originating station. For non-AC classes, Tatkal booking starts at 1100 hours on the previous day of journey excluding date of journey from the train originating station. For example, if train is to depart from the originating station on the second of the month, the Tatkal quota for that particular train shall open at 1000/1100 hours on the first of the month. (AP)
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2. Indian Railways Tatkal Booking scheme: Ticket reservations under this scheme is available only up to the time of preparation of charts. At the time of preparation of charts, the vacant Tatkal accommodation is released to the RAC/waitlisted passengers and no Tatkal charges are realised from such passengers. (AP)
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3. Indian Railways Tatkal Booking scheme: The facility of change of name is not permitted on the bookings made under Tatkal scheme. (AP)

4. Indian Railways fares: Children under 5 years of age will be carried free of charge. Children above the age of 5 years and under 12 years of age will be charged at half the corresponding adult fare. After adding applicable miscellaneous charges, if any, this Fare will be rounded-off to the next higher multiple of Rs.5 in case of all classes other than Second (Suburban);in the case of Second Suburban, rounding-off principle stipulated in Para 6.2 above shall apply. In case of Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto and Jan Shatabdi trains the existing methodology of computing concessions and in terms of CC 66 of 2012. (AP)
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5. Indian Railways Tatkal Booking scheme: The reservation under this scheme can be sought by full fare paying passengers only and no passenger holding concessional ticket is allowed to avail reservation under this scheme. (AP)
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6. Indian Railways Tatkal Booking scheme: In case of railways tickets booked under Tatkal scheme, during the journey, one of the passengers booked on that ticket is required to produce any one of the prescribed proof of identity mentioned below (in original), failing which all the passengers booked on that ticket are considered as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly: i. Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India. ii. Passport. iii. PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department. iv. Driving Licence issued by RTO. v. Photo Identity Card issued by Central /State Government. vi. Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School/ College for their students. vii. Nationalised Bank Passbook with photograph. viii.Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph. ix. Unique Identification Card 'Aadhar'. x. Photo identity cards having serial number issued by Public Sector Undertakings of State/Central Government, District Administrations, Municipal bodies and Panchayat Administrations. (AP)
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7. Indian Railways Tatkal Booking scheme: Keeping in view the short Advance Reservation Period and with a view to make this scheme economically unviable for unscrupulous elements/touts, Tatkal Booking refund rules of the scheme have been made stringent in which no refund is granted on the confirmed Tatkal tickets. However, full refund of fare and Tatkal charges is granted on the tickets booked under Tatkal scheme under certain circumstances like non-attachment of coach, cancellation of train, as explained below: i. If the train is delayed by more than 3 hours at the journey originating point of the passenger & not the boarding point if the passenger’s journey originating point and boarding point are different. (Rest of the points on Tatkal Booking refund rules on next page) (AP)
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ii. Indian Railways Tatkal Booking scheme: If the train is to run on a diverted route and passenger is not willing to travel. iii. If the train is to run on diverted route and boarding station or the destination or both the stations are not on the diverted route. iv. In case of non attachment of coach in which Tatkal accommodation has been earmarked and the passenger has not been provided accommodation in the same class. v. If the party has been accommodated in lower class and does not want to travel. In case the party travels in lower class, the passenger will be given refund of difference of fare and also the difference of Tatkal charges, if any. h. Tatkal charges have been fixed as a percentage of fare at the rate of 10% of basic fare for second class and 30% of basic fare for all other classes subject to minimum and maximum. (AP)

8. Indian Railways Tatkal Booking scheme: Indian Railways: Tatkal reservations restrictions applicable on passengers should be noted too. 1. In case the total run of the train is less than the distance restriction, end fare i.e. from originating to destination station shall be charged. 2. There will be no such restriction for Tatkal scheme in passenger trains. i. Tatkal tickets are issued subject to the applicable distance restrictions. j. All authorised ticketing agents of Indian Railways/IRCTC have been restricted from booking Tatkal tickets at the counters between 1000 hours and 1030 hours for tickets in AC classes and between 1100 hours and 1130 hours for non-AC classes. k. It is possible to book a maximum of only four passengers per PNR for Tatkal tickets.

Source :The Financial Express

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