Monday, January 31, 2011

Original ID must for Tatkal passengers from Feb 11

New Delhi: Come February 11, passengers travelling on tatkal tickets have to carry an original identity proof. Railways, which issued this directive on Monday, stated that passengers travelling without original ID proof would be considered ticket-less and would have to pay a penalty.

Any one of the passengers travelling in a group have to produce the ID proof “failing which all passengers travelling on the said ticket will be treated as travelling without tickets and will be charged excess fare and penalty as per rules”, a railway statement said.

A voter photo-identity card, passport, PAN card, driving licence, photo ID card, which has been issued by Central or state government, student ID card issued by recognised school or college, nationalised bank passbook with photograph and credit cards issued by banks with laminated photograph will be considered as valid ID proof.

Railways’ directive comes in the light of massive complaints of bulk booking and role of touts in cornerning tatkal tickets.

It has also banned two Mumbai-based travel and tour agencies — Kumar Tours & Travels and Air Freight Ltd — after a CBI probe found that these firms were involved in fictitious booking in special trains.

Last year, railways had barred e-ticket agents from booking tatkal tickets online between 8 am and 9 am in a bid to discourage them from buying tickets in bulk.

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