Buy rail tickets now and pay later
Indian Railways has introduced a new facility to book Tatkal tickets through IRCTC's website - "buy rail tickets now and pay later". Under this scheme, a customer has the option to pay after 15 days of booking an e-ticket through the IRCTC website - irctc.co.in. This facility is also available for booking Tatkal tickets. This facility, called 'ePaylater', is powered by M/s Arthashastra Fintech Pvt Ltd as a pilot project. The service charge levied on using 'ePaylater' scheme is 3.50 per cent of the transaction amount and applicable taxes. 'ePaylater' is displayed as an option at the payment page of the IRCTC website to make people aware about the availability of this method.
You will receive the payment link through email and SMS on making a booking and you will get up to 14 days to make the payment, according to the IRCTC website. "Please note that failure to make payment within 14 days will lead to levy of penal interest at the rate of 36 per annum and may also lead to cancellation of your ticket and/or user account deactivation," the IRCTC website added.
Under the Tatkal online booking facility, customers can go to the IRCTC website and book tickets on a first come, first served basis by paying Tatkal charges. After reports on social media and some websites that Tatkal booking and cancellation rules will change from July 1, 2017, the Railways had issued a clarification, saying that there had 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 recent statement.
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 some 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.
- Modification of ticket in any form is not permitted in Tatkal ticket.
- 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 IRCTC website.
Class of travel
|Minimum Tatkal charges (in Rs.)||Maximum Tatkal charges (in Rs.)||Minimum distance for charge (in km)|
|AC Chair Car||125||225||250|
|AC 3 Tier||300||400||500|
|AC 2 Tier||400||500||500|
IRCTC processes 130,000 tatkal transactions daily. A majority of these tickets is booked within minutes of the quota opening.
The new feature eliminates the transaction failures as often the money gets debited and the ticket is not issued due to multiple reasons. The refund cycle is of about seven to 15 days.
Anurag Bajpai, CEO at Anduril Technologies said, “Pay on delivery for tatkal tickets is going to be a huge benefit to for millions of train travelers who need to book under the tatkal quota. The option to book first, pay later will find significant adoption among users. This move by IRCTC also aims to encourage people that buy tickets off the Railway Reservation Counters to move to online medium.
How it works?
The customers need to first register with irctc.payondelivery.co.in in order to avail the ‘pay on delivery’ option. They need to tender either Adhaar or PAN details at the time of registration.
1) While booking the ticket on IRCTC portal, the user then needs to choose the ‘pay-on-delivery’ option
2) The digital delivery happens instantly via SMS /email. The collection happens within 24 hours of the booking
3) The customer can also pay online through a payment link that will be sent to them at time of booking
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