Indian Railways: Show ID card, enjoy Tatkal ticket

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New Delhi, Feb 4: Citing several irregularities, Indian Railways decided to introduce a new scheme in Tatkal ticket process. From Feb 11 a new scheme is going to be introduced in the Tatkal ticket process.

From Friday, Feb 11, passengers have to produce an identity proof for tickets booked under Tatkal Scheme.

Which IDs one can show?

  • Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India
  • Passport
  • PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department
  • Driving license issued by RTO
  • Photo Identity Card issued by Central/State Government
  • Student identity card with photograph issued by recognized School/College for their students
  • Nationalised Bank Passbook with photograph
  • Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph

What is Tatkal Ticket?

Indian Railways introduced Tatkal scheme in 1997. Tatkal is an emergency reservation scheme. The 'Tatkal' scheme is applicable to more than 100 trains throughout India.

Under the scheme, people can book their tickets just 2 days before the actual date of journey, excluding the date of journey. The booking for 'Tatkal' opens at 08:00 am two days prior to the definite date of journey.

For example, for train leaving on 5th, Tatkal Booking will Commence at 8 AM on 3rd.

Thing to remember in new Tatkal scheme:

  • No identity proof needs to be produced at reservation counters while booking a Tatkal ticket.
  • A passenger or anyone of a group of passengers would be required to produce one of the eight listed proofs in original during the journey for checking by Railway staff, failing which, all the passengers traveling on the said ticket would be treated as 'without tickets' and penalized.


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