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Blog Posts by Anjali Iyer
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Dec 24 2010 (19:06)  

Anjali Iyer   16 blog posts
Entry# 94035            Tags   Past Edits
I wish to know what happens if I cancel a tatkal WL ticket before chart preparation? (Say as 1 hour prior to chart preparation)
Do I get full refund or don't I get any refund.
I know that after chart preparation the WL tkt automatically gets canceled from IRCTC & money refunded.
Also I wish to know why they r not willing to refund
at least 50% of the booking amount in TATKAL cancellation?
Some of this forum members know my yesterday's situation. My tkt was CKWL 6 & 7 and not got confirmed. Still I tried very badly (traveling 100 kms from Coimbatore to Shorannur) to get a berth by chasing TTEs, this that & what ever method I know. All in vain. My children were crying so bad that they couldn't meet their father. They get only 10 days leave only for half yearly exams.
Even station staffs felt very embracing seeing them and in fact almost 5 ~ 6 staffs came in to convince them with cookies & chips (I m very grateful to them for such a kind heart). But it was the biggest pain I came across as for as traveling is concerned.
If railways allow at least 50% refund, ppl who booked in tatkal but cannot travel, will surely cancel the ticket since they are sure they are getting back 50%. Bcoz of such an id**tic method whomsoever seriously wants cancel also won't cancel thinking what do I get if I cancel.
Genuine & needy passengers like me are seriously in trouble bcoz of this. Unless someone cancels the tkts my tkt won't get confirmed when all the quotas are full.
Just my 2 cents.... Comments are welcome
A Painful Mother

31 posts - Fri Dec 24, 2010

Dec 24 2010 (20:39)
Jhentee Jivraj   1266 blog posts   5 correct pred (83% accurate)
Re# 94035-33            Tags   Past Edits
Theoratically it sounds OK that 8-10 hrs before only one should get ticket, and not like the present system.
But imagine you are needing a tatkal ticket and the way you suggested is implemented, still the hindrances in getting tatkal will be that window timings may not be suitable to book ticket. Or queue will be so long that your turn can not come in time to book tatkal, and then additional window for tatkal service will have to be provided, and the problem of Touts will continue as is now.
the essence of purpose will not be served in its true spirit.
Still members may give input and pros and cons of this arguement.

Dec 24 2010 (20:42)
Gopalakrishnan P   2110 blog posts   240 correct pred (76% accurate)
Re# 94035-34            Tags   Past Edits
Sri.S.K.Jain Sir, I request you to please read my post Entry# 93617. That was my immediate response after your post on scholars. Some how it went unnoticed in the flood of posts on this site.

Dec 25 2010 (10:56)
S K Jain*^~   6389 blog posts   8693 correct pred (85% accurate)
Re# 94035-35            Tags   Past Edits
I appreciate your views and have replied at the concerned entry, please.

Dec 25 2010 (11:46)
Guest: 45b49403   show all posts
Re# 94035-36            Tags   Past Edits
Its really unfortunate that you have undergone some bad experiences.
i fail to understand as to why you did not book your tickets much before when you know you have to travel - (they get only 10 days leave only for half yearly exams) - and in each year, they may get the same number of holidays around the same time. in this case, with some foresight, you could have booked your tickets in advance. (+/- one or two days leave can be taken) that would have saved you the hassles of uncertainty due to non confirmed bookings - particularly when travelling with children.
due to this experience, from next time pl reserve your tickets well in advance (even if you cancel it, the charges will be very less compared to the hassles you have to undergo with your children) and dont depend on tatkal tickets.
pl do not misunderstand me, but i really dont know the reason for not booking your ticket in advance when you fully know that children have 10 days holiday and would like to visit a place.
thanks and sorry for asking you a question which others have not asked.
Its still an unfortunate incident which you will not forget for a very long time, but experience, good or bad, makes us to see life differently.
i am sorry if any of my above view hurts you, but the pain which you had undergone has raised this question. my apologies once again.

Dec 25 2010 (18:37)
Anjali Iyer   16 blog posts
Re# 94035-37            Tags   Past Edits

Well I think u only gone thro the initial post & not gone thro the inner posts...
Pls read /blog/post/94035/29 (simply read reply no 29 in this blog)
I wrote clearly that we booked 5 tkts from 23rd to 26th of DEC from same origin to various GOA destinations & 2 of them r booked 1 month before but still in WL.

We can't decide abt traveling 90 days in advance and all each and every time.... And in our own experience whenever we booked a tkt 60 days before (we never booked any tkt in 90 days advance), we end up canceling it bcoz it never went as per planned either bcoz of work schedule or bcoz of various other issues.
In those 6 tkts (I booked one via tatkal today morning also for Monday), now 1 tkt which is GNWL is close to getting confirmed 4 tomorrow. Current situation: WL 4 & 5.
The other one got confirmed for Monday. From CKWL 9 & 10 it got confirmed on the same day.
At last it is confirmed that we are traveling at least latest by Monday if not tomorrow......
Predictions: 14
confirm: 12
rac: 0
wl: 2
Journey: Thu Dec 23, 2010 @ 16:45
Class: Sleeper - SL   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 308
Travel: SRR/Shoranur Junction   to   THVM/Thivim   |   668 km / 1498 km
16346/Netravati Express
Entry# 92924

PNR: 412-xxxxxxx   |   Similar PNRs
Posted Status as of: Dec 21 2010 (11:23)
From: Shoranur Junction/SRR
To: Thivim/THVM
Date of Journey: Thu Dec 23 @ 17:00
Class: Sleeper
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 10 (Booking Status: W/L 11,CK)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 11 (Booking Status: W/L 12,CK)
Chart NOT Prepared
The given PNR is booked in TATKAL for 23rd DEC. Current position WL 10 / WL 11.
Will this get confirmed?
Also can someone guide me on what is the CKWL? (I know PQWL). This is something very 1st time I m seeing..
Thanx in advance
Anjali Iyer

Latest Status as of: Dec 24 2010 (08:36)
Passenger 1: Waitlist# 6 (Booking Status: W/L 11,CK)
Passenger 2: Waitlist# 7 (Booking Status: W/L 12,CK)

4 posts - Thu Dec 23, 2010

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Dec 23 2010 (08:57)
Anjali Iyer   16 blog posts
Re# 92924-6            Tags   Past Edits

Thank u so much sir.... Let me go by the fate :-)
This forum is very very useful. I m so happy to find this..
Thanx all for the excellent contributions

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Dec 23 2010 (09:06)
Anjali Iyer   16 blog posts
Re# 92924-8            Tags   Past Edits

Thank you for the wishes. That is what exactly in my mind too..
Let me try. If no chance of seat I won't board the train :-)

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Dec 23 2010 (09:23)
Anjali Iyer   16 blog posts
Re# 92924-10            Tags   Past Edits

I will surely talk with TTE & got the point on money. I will do the needful.
BTW, I found from frnds that, they never cancel a confirmed Tatkal tkt even if they can't travel bcoz there is no refund.
IMHO, Railways should think on this angle also & shall give some amount (say as 50%) as refund. Then ppl will be really
serious to cancel the confirmed Tatkal tkt.

Dec 23 2010 (17:59)
Anjali Iyer   16 blog posts
Re# 92924-11            Tags   Past Edits
OMG!!! The train was unbelievably crowded. If railways allow ppl will even sit in the top the train also. Such a way it was crowded....
I never saw such a crowd in my life., ,,
Skipped the journey.
Once again thank you so much for the help provided

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Dec 24 2010 (08:30)
Anjali Iyer   16 blog posts
Re# 92924-13            Tags   Past Edits

And IRCTC is giving the trouble of my life. Not able to even open the site until now. It's 8.30 Already
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