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IRCTC announces new rule for online ticket booking

The new rule is to further prevent any possible misuse by touts, the Railway Ministry said. The provision will come into effect from February 15.

Meghna Mittal   New Delhi     Last Updated: January 28, 2016  | 18:15 IST
IRCTC announces new rule for online ticket booking
Currently 10 ticket bookings are allowed on the IRCTC website in a month by an individual. (Photo: Reuters)

Railway Ministry on Thursday announced a new rule for booking of online tickets through the IRCTC website, further reducing the maximum number of ticket bookings allowed by an individual user to six from the current 10.

The new rule is to further prevent any possible misuse by touts, the ministry said.

The provision will come into effect from February 15. This will replace the currently allowed 10 ticket bookings on the IRCTC website in a month by an individual.

The ministry said that this has been done keeping in view the analysis of usage of quota of 10 tickets,  which indicated that 90 per cent of users are booking up to six tickets in a given month and only 10 per cent are booking more than six tickets during the period.

"It is suspected that the 10 per cent users might be involved in touting activities. Therefore to deter such touts and to facilitate genuine users, it has been decided that a maximum of 6 tickets can be booked by an individual user in a month," the ministry said in a statement.

However, the existing condition will continue wherein these booking will be subject to a limit of two opening Tatkal tickets between 10.00 am-12.00 pm in a day and two opening Advance Reservation Period (ARP) tickets between 8.00-10.00 am in a day.  

 

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