Are you planning to travel by train with a Tatkal Ticket on or after 11th Feb 2011 ?? If you are, you should be aware of the New Guidelines introduced by Indian Railways, otherwise you may end up paying a hefty price for your ignorance. In its latest circular released on 31st Jan 2011, Indian Railways has made it mandatory for passengers traveling on Tatkal Tickets to carry an Original Identity Proof during the course of their journey. Failing which they will be treated as Ticket-less Travelers and penalized accordingly.
If there are more than one passengers travelling on the same ticket, any one of the passengers will have to produce any Identity Proof in Original, failing which all passengers travelling on the said ticket will be treated as travelling without tickets and will be charged excess fare and penalty as per rules.
The Tatkal Ticket Booking Scheme was introduced in 1997, with a provision that passengers booking Tatkal Tickets would indicate their Identity Card Number at the time of booking and would be required to carry the same Identity Card during the journey. This provision was subsequently withdrawn in August 2004.
We already have a similar rule in place for all e-Tickets booked through IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation), irrespective of whether its a Tatkal Booking or not. But now that rule has rightly been extended to cover all Tatkal Booked Tickets. According to Indian Railway Officials, the latest move to mandate an Original Copy of ID Card while travelling on a tatkal ticket, was aimed at putting to end massive complaints of Bulk Booking and the role of touts in cornering tatkal tickets. However it has clarified that you don’t need to carry it along while booking the Journey Ticket:-)
These are following 8 Original Identity Cards, which can be carried by passengers travelling on Tatkal Booked Tickets while travelling.
- Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India
- PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department
- Driving Licence issued by RTO
- Photo Identity Card issued by Central/State Government
- Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School/College for their students
- Nationalised Bank Passbook with photograph
- Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph
So next time, you go and get a Tatkal Ticket from a Broker/Travel Agent in your surrounding by paying extra, be careful, especially with this new regulation in place after 11th Feb 2011. The circular regarding this new guideline for Tatkal Ticket Booking is available at Indian Government’s website