Be ready to pay more for taktal tickets as Railways set to introduce dynamic pricing

Written by Express news service | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 2 2014, 20:57pm hrs
Taktal rail fare50 per cent of tatkal tickets are assumed to be hoarded by touts to sell in black at a much higher price.
In what is being described as a measure to curb activities of touts, Indian Railways is going to increase the taktal fares of most popular trains. Half of the tatkal tickets will be sold as per the dynamic pricing, that is, depending upon the seat availability and the demand.

Tatkaal tickets are already an additional premium paid on normal fares. It is learnt that dynamic pricing of tatkal tickets will ward off touts.

However, Railways have failed to explain why passengers should pay more for a menace that the Railways is supposed to curb.

The move assumes that 50 per cent of tatkal tickets are currently being hoarded by touts to sell in black at a much higher price.

Notably, under tatkal booking, a passenger has to pay Rs 150 more than what is charged normally in sleeper class. For booking a berth in AC coach, one has to pay more than Rs 300. If a passenger is not travelling after booking a seat, the ticket cannot be cancelled thereafter.

Railway Minister Sadanand Gowda had hinted the fare hike while disclosing the annual railway budget 2014-2015. Effective from June 25, fares of all classes have already been hiked by 14.2 per cent.