Indian Railways has changed the timing for booking tatkal tickets adding that now customers can get refund for cancellation of the same. As per the new schedule, booking for AC classes will commence at 10 am and close at 11 am while for the non-AC classes, booking will commence at 11 am and close at 12 pm.
Furthermore, the refund policy on cancellation of tatkal tickets have also been changed, as per sources.
The Railways does not give any refund on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets, however, reports are pouring that henceforth 50 per cent refund will be granted.
Railways will soon launch its ‘Tatkal Special’ train service, travelling on which will be dearer than on normal trains.
The cash-strapped public transporter will make special trains on tatkal fares operational for certain busy routes, said a senior Railway ministry official.
While ‘Premium’ trains — tickets for which are priced as per a dynamic fare structure — are already operational, the Tatkal Special trains will be an additional service to cater to the rush.
A passenger would have to dole out more for a Tatkal service ticket as the rates for these are higher than the normal fare by anything in the range of Rs. 175 and Rs. 400.
The Tatkal rate is 10 per cent of the basic fare for the Second class and 30 per cent of the basic fare for all other classes, including AC category, said the official.
However, while tickets may only be booked online for the Premium trains, Tatkal Special tickets will be available both at railway ticket counters and online.
The Railways has also relaxed the advance reservation period for Tatkal Special trains.
Currently, a Tatkal ticket can be booked no more than 24 hours before the journey. But for a Tatkal Special train, advance reservation period is of a minimum 10 days and maximum 60 days.