What are the tatkal tickets?

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Definition

Tatkal tickets are the ones whose booking starts "one day in advance (reduced from 2 days) excluding the day of journey e.g. for a journey on 3rd, bookings open at 10 a.m on 2nd. However, the day of journey is defined as the day of chart preparation."

Railways dole out the 'Premium Tatkal'

1 Oct 2014
Railways dole out the 'Premium Tatkal'
  • On 1 October 2014, Indian Railways introduced a new booking system called the Premium Tatkal.
  • Under this provision "half of the tickets" on certain trains will be 'dynamically priced.'
  • However, these tickets could only be purchased online and were introduced for some 80 trains to begin with.
  • The rules of procurement were the same as for general tatkal tickets.

Parliamentary panel reprimands Railways dynamic pricing

18 Dec 2015
Parliamentary panel reprimands Railways dynamic pricing
  • A parliamentary panel came down heavily on the Railways for introducing dynamic prices and recommended decreasing the premium on tatkal tickets to a "minimum essential level" as the present system was "legitimising inequality".
  • The committee asked the Railway Ministry to "institutionalise the concerns of the poor".
  • The panel suggested that tatkal reservation percentage should be reduced so more people could get access.

Railways introduces revised tatkal timing and 50% refund

10 Jun 2015
Railways introduces revised tatkal timing and 50% refund
  • Railways announced a change in the timing for the booking of Tatkal tickets and declared that travellers can get a refund of 50% on cancellation.
  • According to the new schedule, the Tatkal booking for AC classes will start at 10 a.m. and close at 11 a.m.
  • Railways also announced plans to launch its 'Tatkal Special' train service which will be costlier than general trains.

Government hikes tatkal booking charges by 33%

24 Dec 2015
Government hikes tatkal booking charges by 33%
  • The government announced a 33% hike on the booking charges for railway's tatkal tickets.
  • The Indian Railways has raised the tatkal booking prices for travel in "sleeper class, AC-III tier, AC-II tier and executive class", the second class remained unaffected.
  • The hike will come into effect from 25 December.
  • The announcement came immediately after the conclusion of Parliament's winter session.

Out with the old, in with the hiked

24 Dec 2015
Out with the old, in with the hiked
  • After the new hike, the minimum tatkal charges for sleeper class were raised to ₹100 and the maximum to ₹200.
  • The AC compartments were worse hit, with the minimum charge rising from ₹250 to ₹300 while the maximum charges going up to ₹400.
  • Those travelling executive will now have to shell out ₹400 instead of ₹300 as the minimum and ₹500 as maximum cost.