There’s good news for rail travelers.
Tatkal (immediate) ticket charges will be reduced by 10 per cent of the basic fare for second class and 30 per cent of basic fare for all other classes from October 1.
Also, you will no longer have to pay end-to-end fare (from origin to end destination of a train). Tatkal tickets will be issued for actual distance of travel.
That’s not all. Unlike the current system where charges vary during peak and non-peak seasons, the Railways has decided to levy charges uniformly, while stipulating minimum and maximum limits.
The minimum charge for sleeper class and AC chair car will be Rs 75 against a maximum of Rs 150. For AC-3, AC-2 and executive class, minimum and maximum charges are Rs 200 and Rs 300, respectively. For second class (sitting), the limits are Rs 10 and Rs 15.
Tatkal facility has also been extended to the executive class of Shatabdis, where 10 per cent accommodation (5 seats per coach) will be earmarked for it.