Indian Railways to start Tatkal scheme in reserved classes of passenger trains

New Delhi/October 1
Indian Railways on Tuesday announced to start Tatkal scheme for reservation in reserved classes of passengers trains, however, a notification to this effect will be issued by Zonal Railways at their own level.
Indian Railways ministry spokesperson said that now passengers can book seats in the reserved classes such as 2nd AC, 3rd AC, 3rd AC Economy, Chair Class, Sleeper Class and 2nd reserved sitting at short notice and Zonal Railways will identify the passenger trains for the purpose.
“The Zonal Railways will earmark Tatkal accommodation in that train/class in which average utilization during the previous financial year has been more than 60%,”said the spokesperson, adding that 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 and all other conditions applicable to normal Tatkal scheme will be applicable in case of identified passenger trains.
Earlier, the Tatkal scheme that was initially introduced in 1997 with a view to provide reservation to those passengers who have to undertake journey at short notice, was available in almost all Mail/Express trains and in all reserved classes except First Class and First AC Class.