Increase in Tatkal Ticket Charges Effective From 25 Dec 2015

Increase in Tatkal Ticket Charges

Indian Railways, the largest network of Railway transport has revised the tatkal charges with effect from 25th December 2015. While the world awaits the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ on 25th December 2015, the day marks another highlight in the Indian Railways. Railway hikes tatkal ticket charges for all classes.

 

Increase in Tatkal ticket charges doesn’t sound appealing to the train travelers. Passengers who book tatkal tickets were required to pay an amount extra as tatkal booking or tatkal reservation charges. In many instances, tatkal charges almost double the normal reservation charges for the same route. The increased railway tatkal ticket charges make the train travelling somewhat costlier than before.

Increased Tatkal Ticket Charges 25 Dec 2015

The Announcement about Railway Tatkal Charges Increased

Soon after the Railway Ministry announced the news about the increased railway tatkal ticket charges, has received mixed opinions from the public. Immediately after the end of the parliament session held on 23rd December 2015, the announcement was made. It was a very quick decision and implemented with immediate effect with a two days notice.

According to the statement revealed by the Railways, a maximum of 33 % price has been increased on the tatkal charges, which varies based on the existing charges as applicable.

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Railway Hikes Tatkal Ticket Charges W.e.f 25 December 2015

Although the increased tatkal charges for train ticket reservation comes to effect on 25th December 2015, it is applied to the ticket fares on the trains running on 25th December. Tickets that are booked on 24th December on tatkal quota, where the passengers intend to travel on 25th December paid hiked tatkal charges.

Simply, upto journey starting on 24th December, (where the tatkal ticket booked on 23 December), the old tatkal charges are applied. For the journey commencing on 25th December, the ticket is booked on 24 December and the increased rates are applied.

While the AC tatkal tickets charges are almost doubled, the second seating tatkal ticket charges remain unchanged.

The Schedule of Increased Railway Tatkal Ticket Charges

Although railway tatkal charges are increased, the rates and percentage of the increase varies with each class.

For Second Class Tatkal Tickets

A basic fare at the rate of 10 percent has been increased as a fixed percentage on the basic train ticket for the second class tatkal tickets.

For Other Classes

For all other classes, the basic fare is increased by 30 %, subjected to the following conditions on minimum and maximum fare increase.

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1) Increased Tatkal Charges for Sleeper Second Class – Second Seating Tatkal Ticket Charges

Existing Tatkal Charges was charged at a minimum of Rs 10 to a maximum of Rs 15 per passenger on second seating tatkal ticket.

The tatkal charges remain unchanged for the second seating reservation.

 

2) Increased Tatkal Charges for Sleeper Class – Sleeper class Tatkal Ticket Charges

The existing tatkal charges are charged at a minimum of Rs 90 to a maximum of Rs 175 per passenger.

The increased tatkal ticket charges include a minimum of Rs 100 to a maximum of Rs. 200 per passenger.

 

3) Increased AC Chair Car Tatkal Ticket Charges

The existing tatkal charges are charged at a minimum of Rs 100 to a maximum of Rs. 200 per passenger.

The increased tatkal charges include a minimum of Rs 125 to a maximum of Rs 225 per passenger.

 

4) Increased tatkal charges for 3ac –  AC 3 Tier Tatkal Ticket Charges

The existing tatkal charges are charged at a minimum of Rs 250 to a maximum of Rs. 350 per passenger.

The increased tatkal charges include a minimum of Rs 300 to a maximum of Rs 400 per passenger.

 

5) AC 2 Tier Tatkal Ticket Charges

The existing tatkal charges are charged at a minimum of Rs 300 to a maximum of Rs. 400 per passenger.

The increased tatkal charges include a minimum of Rs 400 to a maximum of Rs 500 per passenger.

 

6) Executive Class Tatkal Ticket Charges

The existing tatkal charges are charged at a minimum of Rs 300 to a maximum of Rs. 400 per passenger.

The increased tatkal charges include a minimum of Rs 400 to a maximum of Rs 500 per passenger.

  • Sleeper class tatkal charges increased by Rs. 10 to Rs. 25
  • AC Chair Car tatkal charges increased by Rs. 25
  • AC 3 tier tatkal charges increased by Rs. 50
  • AC 2 tier and executive class tatkal tickets increased by Rs. 100.

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Why Railway Tatkal Charges are Increased?

The hike in tatkal ticket charges has made the AC travel a bit costlier than before. Railway hikes tatkal ticket charges to increase the revenue to the department. Almost every train has allocated a chunk of tatkal tickets for the passengers, which is more likely to increase the revenue considerably.

However, although the increase tatkal ticket charges appear normal, it affects many passengers. Frequent train passengers who travel in AC class are more likely to get affected by the increase in tatkal charges. Already, there is no refund applicable on the cancellation of the confirmed tatkal charges. In this circumstance, those who travel frequent may lose more money on tatkal booking charges when they are unable to travel.

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