Railway Tatkal Ticket Scam

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  1. Daredevil

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    Tatkal scam: Railway Police Force arrest 4 touts

    New Delhi: The Indian Railways has begun the crackdown on touts who manipulate the ticket booking system to corner Tatkal tickets and then sell them to genuine passengers at a premium. Railway Police Force on Saturday morning launched simultaneous raids across Delhi and arrested four touts.

    Raids are also being conducted at railway ticket booking offices and several unauthorised agents have also been detained after a IBN7 expose showed them cornering Tatkal tickets.

    One of the touts arrested has been identified as Prem, who was caught red-handed in the IBN7 sting operation. Prem was a arrested at the booking office at Karkardooma in Delhi.

    Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a subsidiary of the Indian Railways that handles e-booking of tickets, admitted that the system needs a revamp.

    "Our booking system is totally transparent. There is no malfunctioning. Yes, some people try to misuse it and it needs a revamp from time to time," said IRCTC MD Rakesh Tandon.

    In a bid to mitigate the suffering of the passengers and make the ticket booking procedure less troublesome, the Railway decided to revamp the entire Tatkal system at a late-night meeting on Friday.

    The Railway will soon have separate counters and timings for Tatkal bookings, CCTVs will be installed at all booking centres and several changes will be made in e-ticketing as well to curb malpractices.

    Officials have proposed to start Tatkal bookings from 10 am and other advance bookings from 8 am. The Railway is planning to make identity card compulsory for all reservations. Railway Minister Mukul Roy will hold a meeting of top railway officials on Monday to discuss the proposals.

    The Railway is also looking at the possibility of changes in the internet bookings to try and ensure that only one Tatkal booking per computer system is allowed. The Railway Ministry planning to get a software that will allow just one booking per IP address.

    According to railway officials the booking clerk will not be allowed to use the mobile phone during the working hours.

    "With a view to further improve the delivery of Tatkal tickets to passengers, the Ministry of Railways has decided that with effect from 10.07.2012 booking of Tatkal ticket will start at 1000 hours on the previous day of journey from train originating station instead of 0800 hours at present. No authorised agents, including agents of IRCTC and RTSAs/RTAs will be allowed to book Tatkal tickets from 1000 hours to 1200 hours. The existing restriction of not allowing these agents booking of general tickets on the opening day from 0800 hours to 1000 hours will also continue," said a Railway Ministry press release.
     
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    The Tatkal scam is indeed a pressing issue for those who want to travel under emergency situations.

    I had to go to ticket counter by 4 am to get a tatkal ticket and still there will be a big queue. And through internet it has become impossilbe to book tatkal tickets because the online IRCTC site hangs and no ticket booking goes through. And the tatkal tickets are gone by 30 minutes.

    There should be more efficient system to ensure that Tatkal tickets are given to those who need it most.
     
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    This is a pure and simple supply-demand problem. In the 80s this was the same system for Air Travel. Indian Airlines used to issue Wait List tickets and in some busy sectors, even a W/L No. 1 ticket could not be confirmed.

    The Tatkal system was brought in to increase the revenue of the IR. Lalu had increased the number of seats under this scheme to increase the revenue, but Mamata Di slashed the quote by half.

    IRCTC looks like has not kept pace with the increase in Traffic and has not invested sufficiently to upgrade the capacity of the server and parallel increase in the bandwidth. DFI Admins to be sent to tackle the crisis.
     
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    Railways tweak Tatkal rules to check misuse

    New Delhi: Concerned over large-scale complaints in the sale of Tatkal (emergency travel) tickets, the railways Friday announced changes in the procedure and timing of their sale.

    It was decided that from July 10, the booking of tickets will start at 10 am instead of 8 am at present.

    The railways also decided that no authorised agents, including those of the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation, will be allowed to book Tatkal tickets in the first two hours - from 10 am to 12 noon, said a statement from the Railway Board.

    Officials said while there was a huge passenger demand on the Tatkal system during the first few minutes after the booking counters open at 8 am, the role of touts has been bothering the ministry despite many steps to curb the menace.
     
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    They (the black marketeers) will find a new way to do it!
     
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    I think so. The only way to stop this is by taking care of the supply basing it on the travel trends over the years - like additional trains is summer, wedding season, festivals etc.
     
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    Tickets for my home from chennai gets filled up in eight minutes, and tickets for the nearby places, which are about one hour from my home town gets filled up in five minute at the time of Diwali/pongal etc.

    There is such a high demand for the tickets there among the people. The real solution to the problem is to increase the no. of trains to meed the demand. After all, if the no. of trains are more, who is gonna be rushing to the station at previous day night 12 o clock(this is the only way to get tatkal ticket in our areas:rolleyes:) for getting a ticket in tatkal, or for getting tickets for the Diwali/Pongal et al. But of course for that, we have to allow more investment in the railways and, if possible private industry to.. Increase the no. of tracks and electrify the tracks. Above all, the train fares need to be increased. That is the only way we are going to get new trains.

    But of course, with the leftists, with their ultimate goal of keeping the rich poor divide in check and "helping" the poor block the ticket price raise, and make sure that the trains dont increase to meet the demand.

    Funny enough, the people who are most affected by this is the poor people, since, if they dont get the trains, they have to take Bus or some other alternate route, which have started charging a lot themselves, in accordance with the high demand. For instance, the Sleeper ticket from Chennai to my home town causes Rs. 230/- while the Airbus charges about Rs. 500-600/- and those people who cant find a place in the un-reserved compartment to even stand, will be forced to travel in buses at that high rate. Not to mention the fact that at the times of Diwali and Pongal the Bus fares magically get to whooping Rs 700/-

    If only we can ban the leftists in India, all our problems will go away-FACT
     
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    New Tatkal booking system from today

    New Delhi: Amidst rising complaints about misuse of the railway's Tatkal scheme of booking tickets, a revised scheme with additional measures to check the lacunae will come into effect from today under which passengers can book Tatkal tickets from 10 am instead of 8 am.

    The revised scheme comes in the backdrop of increased number of complaints from train passengers about the misuse of the scheme and involvement of touts in cornering bulk of tickets to sell them at a premium.

    No authorised agents, including agents of IRCTC and others, will be allowed to book Tatkal tickets from 10 am to 12 am from counters as well as from Internet.

    While some zones will be operating separate counters for Tatkal tickets, others will be issuing tickets from the same counters but will provide only Tatkal tickets through these counters between 10 am and 10.30 am.

    The booking of Tatkal tickets under the revamped scheme will begin from today and zonal railways have been instructed to make adequate arrangement at reservation counters accordingly, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

    Under the new arrangement, the booking of Tatkal tickets will start at 10 am on the previous day of journey from the train's originating station instead of 8 am at present.

    Measures such as installation of CCTVs in major booking centres, barring booking clerks to carry mobile phones inside counters, display of helpline numbers for complaints, raids by the vigilance squads to prevent misuse of Tatkal facility have been taken, he said.

    Earlier, advance reservation period of Tatkal scheme was reduced from two days, excluding the day of journey, to one day.

    Refunds are not granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets except in case of special circumstances like late running of train by more than three hours and cancellation of trains.

    Duplicate Tatkal tickets are not issued under normal circumstances. "In exceptional cases, duplicate Tatkal tickets can be issued on payment of full fare including Tatkal charges," the official said.

    Railways have also initiated steps to augment e-ticket handling capacity of its website through short-term and long-term measures.

    The present e-ticket capacity is being increased from existing about 3.5 lakh bookings to around five lakh bookings per day in about four months, which will further be increased to about eight lakh bookings per day in the long term.
     

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