Tatkaal service is a scheme offered by the Indian railways which serves to be very useful to avail reservations in case of any emergencies. This facility provides the customer the privilege of just booking the tickets just 2- days in advance, excluding the date on which the travel wants to travel. E.g. if the date of the journey is 6th November, then the tatkaal ticket can be booked on 4th of November from 8: oo am for the travel journey.
In case of cancellation within 24 hrs before the departure of the train, 25% of the total fare excluding the Tatkaal fare is refunded. Full refund of payment in tickets booked is a rare phenomenon in cases where in the train gets delayed for more than 3 hours at the originating point of journey.
Full refund is also possible if the traveler himself plans not to travel, or if the train route gets diverted due to some unavoidable circumstances and also if in case the boarding or the destination stations of the traveler is not in the diverted route.
The time frame for the refund of the amount of the travel is the same as that of other normal ticket bookings. Tatkaal charges are the same throughout the year and the optimum use of the tatkaal service is made in the months of April to September, which happens to be a holiday season for mostly all schools and colleges.
Tatkaal service is favored by many passengers because of instant and immediate service that gets provided to them, even though it involves paying a certain premium amount to get the service.
Indian Railway services and schemes are constantly on the move with innovative ideas and quality services for its passengers. Tatkaal booking is surely one. Let’s wait and see what more and user friendly service does it provide further on.