Indian Railways has announced that it will allow passengers to book tickets under ‘Tatkal’ quota from today, June 29 for the 230 special trains it is currently operating. Passengers can book tickets on these special trains which will start their journeys from tomorrow.
Shivaji M Sutar, a senior railway official of the Central Railway zone has tweeted that “Tatkal Booking will commence from 29/06/2020 in all Special Trains (starting with 0 numbers) for journey commencing from 30/06/2020 onwards.”
Passengers who want to travel under the Tatkal Quota will have to book their tickets after 10 am one day before the journey for the AC class and after 11 am for the sleeper class. Passengers can book tickets through the IRCTC website and app also. However, the price of the tickets booked under Tatkal Quota is costlier compared to a normal ticket.
Tatkal Booking will commence from 29/06/2020 in all Special Trains (starting with 0 numbers) for journey commencing from 30/06/2020 onwards.@Central_Railway
— Shivaji M Sutar (@ShivajiIRTS) June 28, 2020
Indian Railways at present operates 230 special trains in the country after the suspension of regular train services on March 25 to tackle and stop the spread of COVID-19.
Indian Railways already extended the Advance Reservation Period to 120 days from 30 days. A Railway Ministry spokesperson said that the reservation rules for the 30 Special Rajdhani and 200 Special mail and express trains had been modified as it has been decided to increase the advance reservation period (ARP) of all specials notified from 30 days to 120 days.
Before the lockdown, the Railways operated around 12,000 trains every day, transporting 2 crore people. However, all regular mail, express and passenger services as well as suburban trains have been canceled till 12 August 2020. The Indian Railways will provide a full refund on these canceled tickets.