New Delhi, July 9: Amid reports of alleged malpractices in advance train ticket booking, the Ministry of Railways has further streamlined Tatakal ticket booking scheme from July, 10 2012. From now onwards the booking of Tatkal tickets will start at 10.00 am hours on the previous day of journey from train originating station.
To control the monopoly of authorized agents, now they will not be allowed to book Tatkal tickets from 10.00 am to 12 am.
Additionally, measure like separate queues for Tatkal ticket buyers, separate counters etc will be implemented. CCTVs will be installed at all major booking centres.
Earlier, in similar move to reduce the possibility of booking of tickets by touts measures like cut advance reservation period of Tatkal scheme to one day were implemented. Refunds facility were banned on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets.
Additionally, the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) installed high capacity database servers with increased internet bandwidth from 344 mbps to 450 mbps. Single user registration on one e-mail ID with email verification has been implemented. Mobile validation of users and single user registration on one mobile number has been implemented.
Individual users are permitted to book only two tickets between 10.00 am to 12.00 am and only two tickets can be booked per IP address between 10-12. Quick Book Option and Cash Cards option has been stopped between 10.00 am to 12.00 am.