Jun 11, 2015

Changed Railway Tatkal Booking Timings and Refund Rules

Indian Railway has made a change in tatkal ticket booking timings and refund (in case of cancellation of confirmed tatkal tickets). The new changes will be be in force from July 1, 2015 onward. You can read about present IRCTC tatkal booking timings here.

Now if a customer cancels his confirmed tatkal ticket, railway will refund 50 percent of his money.

As of now no money is refunded on cancellation of confirmed tickets booked under tatkal scheme.

tatkal special train - change in tatkal timings and refund on cancellation of confirmed tatkal.
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Railway has also decided to change tatkal booking timings. Now from 10 am to 11 am only berths in AC coaches can be booked. After this, only for one hour, from 11 am to 12 am the tatkal booking for non AC coaches (sleeper) can be done.

The new rules would be applicable for both online ticket booking as well as window booking of rail tickets. Like before, the tatkal booking would open at 10 am. The only change is that in first hour after tatkal booking opens one can only book tickets for air conditioned coaches. It means if anyone wants to buy a railway ticket under tatkal scheme for non air conditioned coach, like sleeper or first class, he will have to wait for at least one hour. In case you think this is disadvantage, you mustn't worry. This is because the change in timings is applicable to both IRCTC tatkal booking (done online) and tatkal booking that is done at railway reservation office (done offline).

Railway has also decided to run tatkal special trains. This is done to reduce rush that railway and IRCTC experience owing to heavy demand of tatkal tickets. These special trains will run only on routes where there is maximum demand for reservation.

The tatkal special trains are different from premium special trains. In premium special trains the fare is dynamic which keeps on changing (increase or decrease) based on demand. In case of tatkal special trains the fare won't be dynamic. It would be static and a customer would need to pay anywhere between Rs 175 to  Rs 450 more than the normal fare. Also, while booking of premium trains can be done only online through IRCTC, the booking in tatkal trains can be done both online and offline.


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