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Feb 22 2020 (04:51)   Tatkal tickets available for a longer time now, reveals railway data from Central Railway

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After a series of raids in which RPF seized illegal softwares and arrested dozens of agents, tatkal tickets, which would get sold out in a few hours, are now available for a longer period of time, reveals data from the Central Railway.For a general user, it takes about 3 minutes to book a tatkal ticket but those using illegal software could book it in just 1 minute 48 seconds, a CR official said.In the last one month, the RPF had nabbed around 500 touts across the country, including several masterminds who ran illegal operations.“Now that the top operators are behind bars, people have got the time and opportunity to book tickets,” said an RPF officer. The illegal softwares would generate business to the tune of Rs 100 crore annually, by blocking the tickets, which would be later sold at a much higher price to passengers.The booking for tatkal tickets opens a...
day before the date of travel. For AC classes, booking starts at 10 am; for general classes, it’s at 11 am. “After looking at the booking status of several popular trains connecting Mumbai to the rest of the country, we saw that there has been a remarkable improvement in the availability of tickets,” said Shivaji Sutar, CPRO of CR.A senior RPF official said that during a crackdown on February 8, seven top illegal operators, including a Kolkata-based agent with links to a Bangladesh-based terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, were arrested.----------------------------------------------------------CASE STUDIESChennai ExpressOn January 18, tatkal tickets for sleeper class were available for 8 hrs, while on February 18, the same were available for over 12 hrs. For journey on February 17, tickets for AC 3 tier were available for over 20 hrs. For January 17 travel, in 4 hrs they were gonePawan ExpressTickets for the train that connects LTT with Darbhanga, Bihar, were available for four hours on February 18 while on January 18, tickets were sold out in less than 2 hrs. For February 17 journey, tickets for AC 3 tier were available for over 13 hrs. For January 17 travel, tickets were gone in just 4 hrs.Gujarat MailTickets for sleeper class for Mumbai-Ahmedabad were available for close to 6 hrs for journey on February 19. For January 19, tickets were gone in just 3 hrs. For 3rd AC, it was 8 hrs for January 16 travel while for February 16, tickets were there for 12 hrs.


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