Tuesday, July 10, 2012

IRCTC Tatkal Tickets : Individuals can now book only 2 Tatkal tickets from 10 AM to 12 noon using IRCTC


IRCTC Tatkal Tickets : Individuals can now book only 2 Tatkal tickets from 10 AM to 12 noon using IRCTC

Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), as a part of The Indian Railways’ move to introduce new rules in booking Tatkal train tickets, has said that Individuals will now be permitted to book only two tickets from 10 am to 12 noon. Only two tickets can be booked from one IP address between 10 AM and 12 noon.

Users will now be able to open their account to book tatkal tickets between 10 am and 12 noon only once. This will enable maximum users to access tatkal tickets. IRCTC has disabled the quick book option and cash card option between 10 AM and 12 noon.

Web service agents have been permitted to book only one Tatkal ticket per train per day through the internet only after 12 noon. To ensure its smooth run, an anti-IT fraud squad has been created to detect cases of fraud and to enhance cyberspace surveillance against possible threats to the system.

This move comes as a part of the Railways introducing new rules in booking Tatkal train tickets. Now, booking counters will now open at 10 AM instead of 8 AM, the day before the journey from the originating station.

Meanwhile, the railways has also put in place measures to make online Tatkal bookings easier. High capacity database servers have been installed and the Internet bandwidth has been increased from 344 mbps to 450 mbps.  It has also installed Captcha, a technology used to prevent automated software from cornering tatkal tickets by fraudulent means.  Agents against whom complaints are received will be blacklisted and their user-id deactivated. A list of such agents will also be put on the IRCTC website.

The Indian Railways expects e-ticket bookings to increase from 3.5 lakh per day as on date to five lakh per day in the next four months. It eventually expects the number of e-ticket bookings to increase to about eight lakh per day in the long term.

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