Indian Railways reduce advance booking period to 60 days
Indian Railways has reduced Advance Reservation Period (ARP) booking period of rail tickets from from existing 120 days to 60 days (excluding the date of journey) from May 1, 2013.
Objective: This has been done in order to keep out touts who book bulk tickets in advance and thus, it will assist the genuine travellers.
Some other steps by Indian Railways already in place in order to keep out touts:
- Tatkal tickets are issued only on the production of self-attested photocopy of a valid identity proof.
- No agents are permitted to book tatkal tickets from 10 am to 12 pm over the internet.
- Officers of Indian Railways carry on regular raids at rail stations to keep a check on tout menace.
Nevertheless, cancellation of the booking made beyond the ARP of 60 days will be permitted. There will be no alteration in the case of ARP limit of 360 days for foreign tourists.