Indian Railways is the fourth largest railway network in the world. It is owned and managed by the Government of India through the Ministry of Railways. Indian Railways has launched one more reservation quota to its active list, the Premium Tatkal (PT). In a lot of characteristics the Premium Tatkal is as good as to the regular Tatkal bookings, with the exception of for a few things.
Premium Tatkal is an online only reservation service that bought by Indian Railways on October 1st 2014. It was launched to take out more money from public to increase their revenue. People call it the dynamic fare pricing. Premium Tatkal is the go-ahead nature of ticket expenditure. Cost of Premium Tatkal tickets boost as the demand boosts. If there is no demand, the cost of the Premium Tatkal would be similar with the Tatkal fares. As a customer, you will always have a higher chance of a ticket accessible at the railways reservation systems, even if it’s at a premium fare in Premium Tatkal. The Premium Tatkal system is introduced in a few popular trains on a tentative starting point.
Salient Features of Premium Tatkal
New quota as Premium Tatkal (PT) Quota is being launched by Railway with go-ahead fare pricing. Its fare stands for the charge factor which may be increased with the consequent bookings. Features of Premium Tatkal:
- Opening days booking to be allowed on/following 10:00 hrs.
- Advance Reservation Period (ARP) of Premium Tatkal ticket booking is similar as Tatkal ticket booking.
- Agents are not permitted to book tickets in this quota.
- RAC/ Waitlist Ticket Booking are not allowed.
- I-ticket Booking is not allowed with this Quota.
- Child passenger will be charged with full fare.
- Identity card number of the arranged proof of identity is mandatory at the time of booking.
- No reimbursement is given to passengers in case of deletion of confirm PT quota ticket.
Booking of Premium Tatkal Tickets
You can book the Premium Tatkal Tickets as the same way any ticket is booked on the IRCTC website (www.irctc.co.in). You cannot book the Premium Tatkal tickets through other personal portals. Not even at the railways reservation counters. The Premium Tatkal tickets are obtainable only as e-tickets at www.irctc.co.in.
Differences of Premium Tatkal Tickets
The main variation of Premium Tatkal system, by means of all other ticketing including the regular Tatkal tickets, is the dynamic nature of ticket cost. Charge of Premium Tatkal tickets increase as the demand rises. If there is no demand, the cost of the Premium Tatkal would be like the Tatkal fares.
The reservation time for Premium Tatkal is equivalent as the normal Tatkal tickets. Subsequently are most of other rules of regular Tatkal. No refund is in the case of Premium Tatkal once it is booked. Only confirmed tickets are booked under Premium Tatkal quota, means you cannot get a RAC/WL ticket under the Premium Tatkal format.