To make railway ticket booking more hassle-free, IRCTC has taken an amazing initiative.
If it’s the end of the month and you are cashless, you can still book a ticket. How?
A new facility to book Tatkal tickets through IRCTC’s website has been introduced by Indian railways.
You can now buy a ticket and pay for it later!
Yes, it’s a dream come true! Under this scheme, the customers can pay 15 days after booking an e-ticket through the IRCTC website. The facility is also available for booking Tatkal tickets.
Known as ‘ePaylater’, this facility is a pilot project of Arthashastra Fintech Pvt Ltd. Users will have to pay a service charge of 3.50 per cent of the transaction amount and applicable taxes for using this facility. Users can find the option of ‘ePaylater’ at the payment page of the IRCTC website. It will also help to make people aware of the availability of this method.
A payment link will be sent to the user via email or SMS. One can make payment within a period of 14 days with the help of that link. While talking about the facility, IRCTC said:
Please note that failure to make payment within 14 days will lead to levy of penal interest at the rate of 36 per annum and may also lead to cancellation of your ticket and/or user account deactivation.
In the latest statement, the Railways talked about the rumors about the change in Tatkal booking and cancellation rules. Denying rumors, the Railways said:
It has been noticed that a news item is in circulation in various social media platforms, WhatsApp groups, and some websites which mentions that Indian Railways is introducing several changes and new facilities with effect from 1st July, 2017. This news is totally incorrect and baseless.
Telling the existing Tatkal ticket booking rules and refund rules, the railways added:
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The booking timings for Tatkal tickets were changed in 2015 with booking for AC classes opening at 10:00 am and for non-AC classes at 11:00 am (one day in advance of actual date of journey excluding date of journey). There has no change in these timings and the same arrangement is continuing. Again, there is no change in the refund rules of Tatkal tickets. Under the existing rule, no refund is granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets/duplicate Tatkal tickets. This rule continues to be in operation.
As reported by NDTV, here are some other things to know about the Tatkal reservation rules:
1. A maximum of four passengers per PNR can be booked on Tatkal e-tickets.
2. Tatkal charges per passenger are in addition to normal tickets.
3. Premium Tatkal Facility: From October 2014, in select trains, a premium tatkal facility was introduced and tickets are sold on dynamic pricing. Fares go up depending on the percentage of berths sold subject to a maximum cap.
4. No concession is allowed in Tatkal booking.
5. Modification of ticket in any form is not permitted in Tatkal ticket.
6. The Tatkal charges have been fixed as a percentage of fare at the rate of 10 per cent of basic fare for second class and 30 per cent of basic fare for all other classes subject to minimum and maximum as given here below, according to the IRCTC website.