In order to stop misuse and black marketing of Tatkal ticket booking scheme, Indian Railways has implemented new rules which will be effective from July 10, 2012. As per the new rules, the Tatkal tickets booking will now strictly start from 10 AM on the previous day of journey from the train’s originating station instead of 8 AM. From 10 AM to 12 Noon the booking counters will provide the Tatkal tickets only and specially to those people who are standing in the queue at the counters along with the valid identity proof. During these hours no authorized agents, including IRCTC agents and others will be allowed to book the Tatkal tickets from the counters as well as from the IRCTC website. It is evident that now the online Tatkal tickets booking will start after 12 Noon in the IRCTC website.
This revolutionary step has been taken by Indian Railways as a consequence of several complaints regarding Tatkal ticket booking scheme and its black marketing. The earlier booking scheme was advantageous for authorized agents and ticket touts in particular and also many culprits were arrested involved in black marketing of Tatkal tickets and several scams were exposed related to Tatkal scheme by the media and police. However this time Ministry of Indian Railways is all set to implement these new rules very strictly at any cost and is leaving no stone unturned. It has issued instructions to its all Zonal Railways to open separate and dedicated counters for Tatkal tickets and also has instructed to keep close watch on Tatkal ticket booking procedures on the counters by CCTVs camera. It has even barred booking clerks to carry mobile phones inside counters to prevent misuse of Tatkal facility. Now senior officials can inspect reservation counters any time and also there will be sudden raids by vigilance squad in order to stop the misuse. If anyone found indulged, he would not be tolerated and will get punished.
After receiving the guidelines, most of the zones have started operating separate and dedicated counters for Tatkal tickets but very few are still issuing tickets from the same counters but they are providing only Tatkal tickets through these counters between 10 AM and 12 noon.
I have earlier written an effective article on how to increase probability of getting confirmed Tatkal e-tickets online.
Tatkal Scam Exposed on Camera : Video Footage
Watch this policeman caught live on camera taking bribe for Tatkal ticket.