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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Jalandhar, October 02, 2013
The railways ministry has decided to introduce Tatkal scheme in reserved classes of passenger trains too. A railway official informed that the scheme has been commenced in order to provide last minute reservations to people and to save them from unscrupulous touts. He added that at present, the scheme was available in almost all mail and express trains and in all reserved classes except the first class and first AC class.

"The scheme in the passenger trains will be available in the reserved classes including 2nd AC, 3rd AC, 3rd AC economy, chair class, sleeper class and 2nd reserved sitting".

He added that the ministry has asked all the zonal railways to identify the passenger trains on which the scheme could be implemented.

"The zonal railways have been asked to check tatkal accommodation in the selected trains, in which average utilisation during the previous financial year has been more than 60%. The extent of accommodation to be earmarked will be the same as applicable in case of normal tatkal scheme. The minimum Tatkal charges prescribed for different classes will be applicable as flat Tatkal charges. The zonal railways will provide train specific notifications and date of effect of the scheme", he said.

All other conditions applicable to normal tatkal scheme would be applicable in case of identified passenger trains.