Indian Railway has decided to separate the Tatkal booking time of sleeper and AC class quota in order to reduce the congestion while booking tickets at reservation centers. From June 15, onwards Tatkal tickets for AC class can be booked at 10am while sleeper class at 11am.
E-ticket issuing authorized agent, RTS and STBS class ticket agents can book the ticket only after 30 minutes of the opening of the general or tatkal reservation.
Changes are done so that at the same time for all categories of passengers can book their ticket & with the intention being to reduce congestion. It will be easier for those people booking in AC and non-AC.
Brokers will curbed by this way. Railway board have also told the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) to update the software. Inorder to curb brokers – Railway has arranged a system in which authorized agents who books e-tickets will only be allowed to book after 30 minutes.
Now this people(brokers) will only be able book at 8:30am on the opening day instead of 8:00am. While Tatkal AC sleeper class at 10:30 and 11:30 am for Sleeper Class tatkal ticket.
Difficulty to be faced. While the previous system allowed you to book the ticket in other class at the same time if the ticket were not available in preferred class. Now you would have to decide in which one you have to book your tickets in advance. i.e previously of the tickets in sleeper class got full/not available you still had option to book in AC at the same time. But now the AC ticket have to be booked at 10am and suppose if they are full you will be left with only option Sleeper Class.