Tatkal on irctc shows REGRET/CKWL1 but at station window it shows available?!

#1 Mar 13th, 2013, 11:38
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  • Nirav D is offline
Dear all,

Today I was trying to book tatkal ticket from Rajkot to Kochuveli in Kochuveli Exp (Date of Journey is 14th March) on irctc site. I immediately logged in after 10:00 am (starting time of tatkal), but was surprised to find "REGRET/CKWL1" in availability.

I had made another friend of mine to be at railway station ticket window so that if I cant buy then he can purchase from station. Even though his turn came long way after I checked "REGRET/CKWL1" on site, but still the ticket was available at window!!

Any ideas why it was showing "REGRET/CKWL1" on site while tickets were available ticket window??

I request @steven_ber to provide some valuable inputs on this as he is a very knowledgeable and helpful.
#2 Mar 13th, 2013, 15:32
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I've no idea why this is the case.

Have you got the PNR number of the ticket purchased at the booking office?

I've looked at availability numbers for the next 6 weeks and found the following: -

Taktal tickets can be purchased for stations before Rajkot, but not for Rajkot or stations after Rajkot. (has the booking office sold your friend a Tatkal ticket from Hapa?)

I found 1 Tatkal ticket available in Sleeper Class from Baroda, and 3 available from Vassai Road, yet none available on future dates, this suggest a person has booked from a station before Rajkot and booked up to Baroda, and that 3 people have booked till Vassai Road, so these tickets then become available from those stations.

Have some tickets been booked only till Rajkot, thus making tickets available from Rajkot, extremely unlikely as I'm confident this train runs with plenty of space till Rajkot, and then why the tickets still not showing up online?

Train 12998 runs the same timetable, yet allows Tatkal booking from Rajkot, this is confusing.

But I've really no idea why this has happened, and why Tatkal booking isn't allowed online, but if I had to guess, I'd say the ticket purchased at the counter is from Hapa.
#3 Mar 13th, 2013, 15:43
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No the ticket booked from station was from Ahmedabad to Kochuveli (but even on irctc it showed same regret/WL for Ahmedabad).

I was able to see tatkal status on irctc at 10:03 am (fortunately the site didnt hanged). It showed regret/WL at that time(!!). This is highly unlikely that all the tatkal tickets would have got sold in 3 mins and it kept showing same status even after 30 - 40 mins. My friend bought the ticket from station at around 10:15 am!

When I again checked the status on irctc around 11:30 then it showed 1 ticket available!

I am never gonna trust booking tickets from irctc.... atleast tatkal ones.

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