Tatkal timings changed to reduce load on booking, website

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Timings for booking Tatkal railway tickets for AC and non-AC classes have been changed, with effect from June 15, in a bid to reduce the load on the ticketing website and booking windows.

Under the revised timings, for AC classes, reservation under Tatkal scheme will open at 10 am on the previous day of journey, from train home station. For non-AC classes, it will start at 11 a.m, on the previous day of journey, from train home station.

The change has been effected to facilitate hassle-free booking by reducing the load on the server. In another change, all types of ticketing agents, including IRCTC agents, will now be debarred from booking tickets for 30 minutes from the opening of bookings—from 8am. to 8.30am, for general bookings, from 10am to 10.30am for Tatkal AC classes, and from 11.00am to 11.30am for Tatkal non-AC classes, the Railways said, in a statement.

At present, the booking under Tatkal scheme opens at 10:00 a.m. for all classes on the previous day of journey from train origination station.

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