Tatkal-IRCTC Update July 2012

#1 Jun 29th, 2012, 19:52
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At least one positive step...

I wish, they could stop online booking of Tatkal tickets.

Further remedial would have been to issue tickets only from the reservation offices of boarding cities/towns. For example, at present people are booking tickets even from Mumbai and boarding at Delhi.
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This report has appeared on the indiarailinfo site today suggesting that Tatkal tickets can now only be booked after 10.00.

Correction - This change will come into effect on 10th July.

http://netindian.in/news/2012/06/29/...ead-0800-hours
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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post This report has appeared on the indiarailinfo site today suggesting that Tatkal tickets can now only be booked after 10.00.

Correction - This change will come into effect on 10th July.

http://netindian.in/news/2012/06/29/...ead-0800-hours
sounds very weird - how would they implement this at the counter - that opens at 8AM? i think this would only rule out online tatkal booking by individuals completely...
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Originally Posted by paramiyer View Post sounds very weird - how would they implement this at the counter - that opens at 8AM? i think this would only rule out online tatkal booking by individuals completely...
Presumably they would delay releasing them onto the booking system until 10.00.
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They need to do some kind of load balancing on the servers in the morning because of the huge load at 08.00 IST.

Two things happen:
1. Tatkal for next day opens at 08.00.
2. New Booking for trains 120 days later opens at 08.00 as well.

One of these can be safely moved to later during the day, ideally the 120 days later opening booking.
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Official Circular.
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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post Presumably they would delay releasing them onto the booking system until 10.00.
that's what is weird... unless you have separate tatkal only counters that would open only at 10, this does not seem to make sense... even the circular is very silent about how it will be implemented at the reservation counters...
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post They need to do some kind of load balancing on the servers in the morning because of the huge load at 08.00 IST.

Two things happen:
1. Tatkal for next day opens at 08.00.
2. New Booking for trains 120 days later opens at 08.00 as well.

One of these can be safely moved to later during the day, ideally the 120 days later opening booking.
one option could be to space out the opening day booking to match the train departure time. on the same lines, they can shift the tatkal opening to exact 24 hrs before train departure, thus spacing it out throughout the day. of course managing this online is much easier than for counter booking...
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There is a central computer system that is used at PRS counters (I think that it is called CRIS). The General Quota becomes available at 8.00 a.m. on the first day of the ARP so there must be a program that releases the availability of these tickets. It just needs a software tweek to make the tatkal quota invisible until 10.00

Looking at Dip's circular it would appear that the news item that I posted is official policy. I know IR can make a mess of things but surely they wouldn't introduce this policy unless the system is capable of delivering it.

Or am I just naive?
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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post There is a central computer system that is used at PRS counters (I think that it is called CRIS). The General Quota becomes available at 8.00 a.m. on the first day of the ARP so there must be a program that releases the availability of these tickets. It just needs a software tweek to make the tatkal quota invisible until 10.00

Looking at Dip's circular it would appear that the news item that I posted is official policy. I know IR can make a mess of things but surely they wouldn't introduce this policy unless the system is capable of delivering it.

Or am I just naive?
the booking counters i have seen open at 8AM & there is no separate counter for tatkal that can be made to open at 10AM instead. so one would have to stand in a line such that they reach the counter at exactly 10AM!!!
looking at the next posting of ibnlive article, looks like they intend to have separate tatkal counter now...
on one hand IR introduced the rule of ID card for each tatkal ticket and AC bookings & on the other hand they admin that agents buy the tickets & sell to passengers. of course this could not be happening without the tacit agreement of TTEs to NOT check the ID throughout...
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Change in Tatkal open timings

As of July 10, Tatkal booking for the next day will open at 10.00 AM and Agent bookings will be allowed to book online only after 12.00 PM. Hopefully, this should make the online booking at 8.00 AM a tad bit faster!

Link here:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/nationa...cle3585356.ece

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Originally Posted by n_siva View Post As of July 10, Tatkal booking for the next day will open at 10.00 AM and Agent bookings will be allowed to book online only after 12.00 PM. Hopefully, this should make the online booking at 8.00 AM a tad bit faster!

Link here:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/nationa...cle3585356.ece
do you really believe that agents cannot book at opening time today? can one explain the 'genuine' demand for tickets that allow WL to start on opening day or for tatkal within 10 minutes???
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HI,
I Booked the ticked in tatkal for tomorrow from pune to chennai..
WL 14 out of 18... 6.00PM CSTM CHENNAI EXPRESS...
Any one Can tell me in what basis they are giving confirmation to passenger..
who is the first priority whether tatkal passenger or Waitlisted passenger...

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