Railways on Friday decided to reduce the advance reservation period for Tatkal tickets from 48 hours to 24 hours in a move to prevent misuse of the scheme introduced to facilitate emergency travel.
Complaints of touts misusing the scheme were increasing day by day and this left Rail Bhawan mandarins worried. While there will be no refund on confirmed Tatkal tickets except in the case of cancellation of trains and late running trains, the restrictions for agents to book Tatkal ticket has been extended from one hour to two hours( 8 am to 10 am).
Now, one has to produce identity proof to buy Tatkal tickets and there will be only four passengers per PNR for such tickets.
It is a good decision taken by Railways as it will reduce complaints of touts misusing the scheme as complaints were increasing day by day.