According to new rule effective February 15, an individual can book only a maximum of six railway tickets online per month.
"This will replace the existing system under which a maximum of 10 tickets can be booked online through IRCTC website in a month by an individual," said a railways statement.
This rule is likely to hit hard those people who frequently travel by train.
"The decision has been taken to prevent any possible misuse of online booking facility as it has been felt that a genuine passenger does not require to book tickets online for more than six times in a month," added the official.
The IRCTC has already put in place various checks for the online booking on its website like only two tickets can be booked by an individual using his or her user-id in a day for advance reservation booking from 8 AM to 10 AM.
Individuals are allowed to book only two tickets per user-id in a day for Tatkal booking from 10 AM to 12 noon.
Quick Book option also remains disabled from 8 AM to 12 noon. All ticketing agents have been barred from booking tickets from 8 AM to 8.30 AM for general bookings, from 10 AM to 10.30 AM and 11 AM to 11.30 AM for Tatkal booking in AC and non-AC classes respectively. Booking is not allowed through e-wallet and cash cards from 8 AM to 12 noon. There is only one booking in one user login session except for return/onward journey between 8 AM to 12 noon.
OneIndia News (With agency inputs)