24 Aug : As announced by the Minister for Railways, Kumari Mamata Banerjee while presenting Railway Budget 2009-10 in the Parliament, the Ministry of Railways has decided to reduce the Tatkal Charges w.e.f. October 1, 2009.
The new Tatkal charges will be 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 in the table below:
|Class of Travel||Minimum Tatkal Charges (in Rs.)||Maximum Tatkal Charges(in Rs.)|
|AC Chair Car||75.00||150.00|
|AC 3 Tier||200.00||300.00|
|AC 2 Tier||200.00||300.00|
The above charges will be levied uniformly both in peak period and non-peak periods. Tatkal tickets will be issued for actual distance of travel, instead of end-to-end, subject to the distance restriction applicable to the train. The same Tatkal berth/seat may be booked in multiple legs till preparation of charts. At the time of preparation of charts, unutilized portion may be released to the General RAC/Waiting list passengers.
Tatkal facility will be introduced in Executive Class of Shatabdi Express trains also, by earmarking 10 per cent of the accommodation available i.e. 5 seats per coach
The existing refund rules of tatkal tickets will remain unchanged.
Earlier, the Ministry of Railways has decided to reduce the Advance Reservation Period (ARP) under Tatkal Scheme from five days to two days (excluding the date of journey) for journey commencing w.e.f. 01.08.2009.