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Railways Clarifies On Tatkal Reservation, Cancellation Rules. Details Here

Following reports on social media and some websites that train reservation rules, including Tatkal booking and cancellation, will change from July 1, Indian Railways has issued a clarification, saying that there has been no changes. “It has been noticed that a news item is in circulation in various social media platforms, WhatsApp groups, and some websites which mentions that Indian Railways is introducing several changes and new facilities with effect from 1st July, 2017. This news is totally incorrect and baseless,” the Railways said in a statement on June 30. “This has created a lot of confusion in the minds of the rail users.”

In this context, the Railways also reiterated the existing Tatkal reservation and cancellation rules.

The booking timings for Tatkal tickets were changed in 2015 with booking for AC classes opening at 10:00 AM and for Non-AC classes at 11:00 AM (one day in advance of actual date of journey excluding date of journey). There has no change in these timings and the same arrangement is continuing, the Railways said.

Again, there is no change in the refund rules of Tatkal tickets, the Railways said. Under the existing rule, no refund is granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets/duplicate Tatkal tickets. This rule continues to be in operation.

 Here are other things to know about the Tatkal reservation rules:

A maximum of four passengers per PNR can be booked on Tatkal e-tickets.

Tatkal charges per passenger are in addition to normal tickets.

Premium Tatkal Facility

From October 2014, in select trains, a premium tatkal facility was introduced and tickets are sold on dynamic pricing. Fares go up depending on percentage of berths sold subject to a maximum cap.

No concession is allowed in Tatkal booking.

The Tatkal charges have been fixed as a percentage of fare at the rate of 10 per cent of basic fare for second class and 30 per cent of basic fare for all other classes subject to minimum and maximum as given here below, according to the Railways website.

Class of travel Minimum Tatkal charges (in Rs.) Maximum Tatkal charges (in Rs.) Minimum distance for charge (in km)
Second (sitting) 10 15 100
Sleeper 100 200 500
AC Chair Car 125 225 250
AC 3 Tier 300 400 500
AC 2 Tier 400 500 500
Executive 400 500 250

8 Train Coaches Travel 30 km Without Engine In Uttarakhand

In a bizzare incident, six goats and a cow-calf came under eight coaches that rolled 30 km without an engine from the railway station in Tanakpur.

The 50-km railway line between Tanakpur and Majhola in Uttar Pradesh is being converted into broad gauge. The incident took place due to the negligence of the company engaged in the work, Public Relation Officer of North-Eastern Railway, Izzatnagar division, Rajendra Singh said.

“The gates at over 12 crossing points, through which the coaches passed, were open as the line was closed for work. No one was injured,” the spokesperson said.

Six goats and the cow-calf were killed, he said.

The coaches stopped after ramming into some iron object at the Khatim Railway Station, Mr Singh said.

He said that railway officials have ordered a probe into the incident.

Nizamabad District Administration decides to make Nizamabad Railway Route greener

Nizamabad district administration in Telangana has decided to take up a sapling plantation drive with an innovative concept to increase greenery across the Railway Track in the district as a part of the third phase of the Haritha Haaram programme which will start from July 12.

Nizamabad district has railway connectivity in all parts of the district and by keeping that in mind, district collector Dr Yogitha Rana has decided to take up the programme.

In South Central Railway (SCR), Nizamabad-Nanded Railway line is one of the prominent railway lines. This will make the transport connectivity between North and Western parts and South parts of the country even more attractive.

Nizamabad Railway has its own importance. Recently Nizamabad-Karimnagar Railway line was also inaugurated by Railway Ministry.

After observing all these things, district collector decided to take the splinting plantation and use the Railway line popularise Haritha Haram concept increase the peoples responsibility increasing forests and protecting the forests which helps finally protection of environment. Zilla Parishad (ZP) CEO I Govind made as nodal officer for the programme.

As part of first phase programme sapling plantation from Nizamabad Â-Kamareddy, Nizamabad- Navipet- Nizamabad -Bodhan railway lines selected sapling plantation and decided to plantation programme will be organised two sides of 61KM Railway track and decided to plant around 50,000 spliningÂ’s. The track will situated six Mandals of the district.

All these saplings were not avelbule in government department nurseries collector decided provided the samplings which they purchased from private nurseries and all are ornamental saplings. Apart from Railway track plantation programme will be organised at Dichpally and Naveepet where the huge land avelbule.

After carefully following the Railway authorities’ rules and regulations and holding several meetings with railway engineers the Nodal Officer finalised the programme.

ZP CEO Govind told the sapling will planted from 10 meters distance away from railway track. He has said in selected area bush clearance and digging of pits were completed. Several open areas speedup the arrangements sapling plantation.

“We will spend the funds from MNREGS for providing protection of sapling and watering programmes”, Nodal officer explained.

He has said entire Railway history this was first time Nizamabad district administration organising the programme on two side of the railway track.

He has said that during the beginning railway officials did not come forward organise the Haritaharam programme now the railway officials were more saplings to organise the open land in Railways in the district.

He has said that Sate Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy will inaugurate the programme near Madavanagar Railway gate and he will travel on railway track on traly to surprise sapling plantation programme.

 

He Fled From His Abusive Father In Bihar, Made Delhi Railway Platform Home

Railway stations always fascinated Rahul Misra. These were the dots that linked the country, the boy from a remote Bihar village would tell himself.

That one such platform would become his home is something that 10-year-old Rahul never imagined. But it did, when he fled from home and his abusive father six weeks ago.

“My father used to beat me and my mother every day. My mother had to even be admitted to a hospital,” Rahul told PTI.

One day, his battered mother, scared that her husband would beat the boy to death, gave him Rs 200 and told him to leave home — and to never return.

He boarded the first train that stopped at the Bihar Sharif station. Its last stop was New Delhi.

Rahul got down at the New Delhi Station (NDLS), and started living there, till social workers found him scrounging for food in the station’s dustbins.

The boy from Pachauri village in Nalanda is one of 600 “railway children” who every month get off a train at NDLS and make the platforms their home.

Delhi’s “railway children” — a name coined by social workers and the Railway Protection Force (RPF) — come from all parts of the country, most fleeing poverty and abuse, but some simply seeking adventure, attracted by the bright lights of a big city.

For many of them, the railway platform is the first stop, and shelter. The RPF and NGOs have set up base at NDLS to zero in on such runaways and ensure that they are not trafficked.

Most of the runaways are boys. The few girls who are found in railway stations are taken to government shelters.

Four NGOs – Sathi, Salaam Baalak Trust, Prabhas and Subhakshikha – comb the platforms to identify new arrivals.

“A shabby appearances, unkempt hair and dried tears are some of the signs of a runaway child. About 15-20 children come to NDLS every day, mostly from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar,” said Pratap Singh, an RPF official at NDLS.

Once such children are identified, their personal details are noted by the RPF personnel and they are sent to child care institutions for counselling. If unwilling to return home, they are taken to government shelters.

According to data compiled by Sathi, between 80,000 and 100,000 children arrive at railway stations every year. Many are reunited with their families.

Rohit Singh, who ran away from home when he was 12 to escape poverty, is one such child taken back to his family. When he reached Delhi recently after leaving Neotni village in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao District, he tried — in vain — to get in touch with a man who had promised him a job in a factory for Rs 3000 a month.

He went back to the station and started living on a platform, occasionally sleeping in a waiting room, and earning money by scavenging for and reselling plastic bottles.

“I used to get Re 1 for used mineral water bottles and Rs 5 for a sealed bottle,” Rohit said.

But after he contracted dengue, he contacted social workers who had been urging him to join their rehabilitation centre. They helped reunite him with his family on June 27.

Most children are not so lucky. Some are exploited and trafficked and many get addicted to narcotics or alcohol.

Rupak, 15, is one such child.

“He came from an abusive family where his alcoholic father beat him up. He ran away and started working at a dhaba. But he was made to work for 14-16 hours, beaten up and given leftovers to eat,” said Hashim Khan, a social activist.

So Rupak ran away again, and landed up at NDLS.

“He is addicted to drugs. We are trying to rehabilitate him but there is a long way to go,”
Mr Khan said.

The government has laws supporting children, but enforcing them is not easy because not many are aware of the Acts, the social workers said.

“There are portals such as ‘Track-Child’ and ‘Khoya-Paya’ which help locate missing children but because of lack of awareness, few use them. There is a need to integrate these two portals,” said Rohit Shetti, Advocacy Officer of Sathi.

Mr Shetti added that Childline, a helpline for children in distress, needed a dedicated section for railway children. “These children are at a crossroads and we try our best to keep them on the right path,” he said.

Rahul, who does not wish to go back home, may end up in a government shelter. Till then, the platform will be his home.

 

Officials Blame Railway Police For Denying Ambulance To UP Family To Carry Body

The local administration in Uttar Pradesh’s Banda district has blamed the Government Railway Police or GRP for not helping a family carry their relative’s body for post-mortem in a vehicle. A video of the body being carried on a rickshaw had appeared on social media.
“Instead of arranging for an ambulance to carry the body of Ram Asrey, it was taken on a rickshaw. This was revealed in a probe carried out by SDM (sub-divisional magistrate) Sadar. Prima facie, the GRP has been found guilty,” Banda District Magistrate Mahendra Bahadur Singh said.

“The GRP police station in-charge, in his written statement, had said that the family members of the dead man had come to the police station and willingly took the body on a rickshaw for post-mortem,” he said.

Mr Bahadur said the sub-divisional magistrate’s report said the GRP should have contacted a hearse van or the chief medical officer to arrange an ambulance. “But, the GRP showed laxity,” he said.

GRP police station in-charge Indramohan Barola, however, denied they did not follow procedures. “The government has made a provision of making Rs. 1,000 available to carry out the last rites of an unknown body, but in case the body is identified, the rule is not applicable,” Mr Barola said.

“In this case, the onus of taking the body for post-mortem lies on the family members of the dead,” he said.

The family members of Ram Asrey, who died at 44, carried his body for post-mortem on a rickshaw after officials allegedly refused to give an ambulance. The body was recovered from a railway track on July 8 near Atra railway station.

Chief Medical Officer Santosh Kumar had yesterday said the family members had not given any information for requirement of an ambulance.

Last month in Kaushambi, the uncle of a seven-month-old girl carried her body on a bicycle after his plea for an ambulance fell on deaf ears. In May, a labourer carried the body of his 15-year-old son on his shoulders after allegedly being turned away by doctors at a government-run hospital in Etawah.

 

 

Tatkal Ticket Booking, Cancellation Rules: Railways Issues Clarification

Indian Railways has issued a clarification saying there has been no changes in Tatkal and other ticket reservation rules from July 1, 2017. “It has been noticed that a news item is in circulation in various social media platforms, WhatsApp groups, and some websites which mentions that Indian Railways is introducing several changes and new facilities with effect from 1st July, 2017. This news is totally incorrect and baseless,” the Railways said in a statement. “This has created a lot of confusion in the minds of the rail users.”

In this context, the Railways has clarified the following on June 30, 2017:

1) The booking time for Tatkal tickets was changed in 2015 with booking for AC classes opening at 10:00 AM and for Non-AC classes at 11:00 AM (one day in advance of actual date of journey excluding date of journey). There is no change in these timings and the same arrangement is continuing.

2) Again, there is no change in the refund rules of Tatkal tickets. Under the existing rule, no refund is granted on cancellation of confirmed Tatkal tickets/duplicate Tatkal tickets. This rule continues to be in operation.

3) There are as such no new changes being introduced from July 1, 2017. The only new thing is that Railways, like other departments, is rolling out GST (goods and services tax) with effect from July 1, 2017.

4) Railways has been selling wait-listed tickets both through online (e-ticket) and PRS (Passenger Reservation System) counters. There is no change in this scheme and railway will continue to sell wait-listed tickets through both online and PRS counter.

5) Railways has been running Suvidha Class of trains since July 2015. Such trains will continue to run. The wait-listed ticket in such trains is also available, if required. Provision of partial refund in case of Suvidha Train Tickets is available right from the beginning of the scheme. Hence, no new changes in this regard.

6) Railways have notified new refund rules in November 2015.There rules are still continuing and there is no change in them.

7) There is no proposal to discontinue paper tickets for Shatabdi and Rajdhani trains and, for that matter, in any class of train. However, for passengers booking tickets online (i.e. e-tickets), the tickets received by SMS are a valid authority for travel along with permissible proof of identity.

8) There is no such proposal to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing train ticket concessions.

9) There is no proposal to run duplicate trains. “We, in anyway, run special trains to clear the rush during peak season on identified popular routes as per the traffic requirements & operational feasibility,” the Railways further said.

10) Railways has launched ‘VIKALP’ or Alternative Train Accommodation Scheme (ATAS) on November 1, 2015 with a view to provide confirmed accommodation to wait-listed passengers and also to ensure optimal utilization of available accommodation. This facility was initially started on New Delhi-Jammu, New Delhi-Lucknow, Delhi-Howrah, Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Secunderabad Circuits. This scheme was expanded to all the sectors from March 22, 2017.

Railways to install bar-coded flap gates at stations

The Railways will go the Metro way and install automatic flap gates with bar code scanners at stations to facilitate faster ticket checking and ease the pressure on ticket examiners and collectors.

To begin with, the access control system, already operational in Kolkata and Delhi Metro services, will be implemented at non-metropolitan stations where traffic rush is very less.

CRIS, the software arm of the Railways, is on the job to make the new flap gate system operational at Brar Square station in Delhi Division as a pilot project.

The access control system at Brar Square will be functional in the next three months, said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the project.

If successful, the system will enable the Railways to deal with the shortage of train ticket examiners and ticket collectors.

According to the system design, an encrypted QR code will be printed on unreserved tickets for the designated station where passengers need to enter or exit through these gates after validating their tickets.

The automatic flap gate system can handle faster entry or exit of passengers during the rush hour.

Besides installing automatic gates, there will be counters at the Brar Square station to provide QR-coded tickets to passengers for entry or exit.

Though the system is successfully tackling the Metro rush in Delhi and Kolkata, it has never been tried in the railway system.

While Metro stations are situated either at elevated or underground levels, railway stations are on the surface without boundary walls.

“We chose Brar station for conducting the trial because the passenger rush is limited here,” said the official.

As a first step, the entire station will be fenced so that no passenger escapes without ticket.

It costs about Rs 4 lakh to install the automatic gate with bar code facility.

Besides, there will be thermal printers at ticket counters for bar coded tickets.

Railways to offer options on senior citizen fare concession

Now senior citizens will have the option to avail either the full concession provided to them on rail tickets or half of it.

The Railways is exploring ways to reduce the Rs 1,300 crore subsidy burden in the senior citizen category.

The new system will be operationalised shortly after upgrading the ticketing software.

The Railways bears 43 percent of the cost of train fare even as the state-run transporter incurs a loss of about Rs 30,000 crore a year in subsidising passenger fares out of which Rs 1,600 crore is for concessional fares.

Though there are many categories of passengers including sportspersons and differently-abled persons who avail concessions, the major beneficiaries are in the senior citizen segment.

The total amount of concessions given in the senior citizen category is about Rs 1,300 crore a year, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

At present, male senior citizens get 40 percent while women get 50 percent concession on the total fare.

Earlier, the Railways had given all senior citizens the option of either availing the full concession or foregoing it altogether while booking tickets.

Now a senior citizen will be asked whether he or she wants to avail 50 percent or 100 percent concession while booking tickets, the official said.

Recently, a passenger travelling from Jammu to New Delhi saw the message written on his ticket about the 43 percent subsidy borne by the Railways.

He then decided to forego the subsidy and sent a cheque of Rs 950 to the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) for a similar train journey undertaken by him and his wife on the Jammu Rajdhani.

He sent the cheque along with a letter addressing the railway minister stating that “he will never avail such financial benefits in future”.

However, the national transporter had to return the cheque as there was no provision to accept such an offer.

Railways spokesperson Anil Saxena also clarified that there is no move to appeal to general passengers to forego subsidy in passenger fares on the lines of the ‘Give It Up’ campaign targeted at LPG consumers.

The Railways recovers only 57 percent of the expenses incurred for passenger transportation through sale of tickets of all classes.

After LPG give-it-up, now government wants you to give up train fare subsidy

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a call to the well-heeled LPG consumers to give up their cooking gas subsidies, the Railways department seems to be mooting a similar idea for its passengers too.

As per a report in the Times of India, the government wants to give rail passengers a similar option to “voluntarily forego the subsidy on tickets.”

The plan will be rolled out next month, TOI said.

Quoting a source, the TOI said, railways “will offer two slabs of subsidy surrender — 50 percent and 100 percent of the subsidy amount”.

Since last year, Railways had started printing the subsidy “burden” it is bearing in the train tickets to make passengers aware of the “real cost” involved in the travel.

Indian Railways recovers “only 57 percent” of the cost of travel on an average that can now be reflected on passenger tickets purchased from counters or online, Railway Board Member (Traffic) Mohd Jamshed had said.

While passengers travelling by suburban and short-haul trains account for 52 percent of the traffic, their share in total passenger revenues was just around 6-7 percent. This segment accounted for around 60 percent of the annual subsidy of Rs 34,000 crore, Jamshed had said.

Recently, a person travelling from Jammu to New Delhi saw the message written on his ticket about the 43 percent subsidy borne by the Railways during his train journey.

He then decided to forego the subsidy and sent a cheque of Rs 950 to IRCTC for a similar train journey undertaken by him and his wife on the Jammu Rajdhani.

He sent the cheque along with a letter addressing the railway minister stating that “he will never avail such financial benefits in future”.

Arvind Kejriwal Seeks Land From Railway, DDA To Build Toilets

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today asked the Centre to provide land belonging to the Railways and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for constructing toilets to help make the national capital open defecation free (ODF) by March next year.

Speaking to reporters after meeting Union Urban Development minister M Venkaiah Naidu in Nirman Bhawan in New Delhi, he said that he has also requested the Centre to shift the families living in government quarters in Sarojini Nagar after the ongoing academic session gets over.

The state-run National Building Construction Company (NBCC), which functions under the Urban Development ministry, is redeveloping colonies in Sarojini Nagar.

Mr Naidu said that the ministry will consider the request related to Sarojini Nagar and would ask the DDA and the Railways to extend support to the Delhi government for constructing toilets, Mr Kejriwal said.

“There are 3,500 families which are being shifted from Sarojini Nagar. I requested that they may be shifted after the academic session gets over,” the Delhi Chief Minister said.

Stressing that the Delhi government targets to make the national capital ODF by March 2018, Mr Kejriwal said he has also requested the minister to provide land to the DDA and the Railways to build toilets.

 The Delhi government has constructed about 10,500 toilets in the last two years, he added.
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