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Online train ticket bookings touch 13.45 lakh on Apr 1

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New Delhi: A record 13.45 lakh rail tickets were booked online on the first day yesterday when the new rule of the railways came into force, allowing passengers to book tickets 120 days in advance rather than 60 days.

Railways have extended the advance reservation period to 120 days to deal with the malaise of touts cornering bulk tickets.

“The decision for increase of advance reservation period from two months to four months was taken to prevent touts to corner bulk tickets,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.

“The four-month window helps passengers to plan their vacations well in advance,” he added.

A total 13,45,496 rail tickets including 1,25,790 Tatkal were booked online through IRCTC website for total 32,16,039 passengers on the first day of this month, the official said.

The booking of over 13 lakh tickets on a day is highest record so far as IRCTC ticketing site registers an average booking of 5 lakh tickets a day.

The total collection amount for online booking was Rs 2,50,6552,814 out of which IRCTC service charge would be Rs 43,033,947.

IRCTC levies a service charge of Rs 20 per e-ticket in case of sleeper class (SL) and second class sitting and Rs 40 per e-ticket in case of all AC classes irrespective of the number of passengers on an e-ticket.

Earlier, the service charge was Rs 10 for Sleeper and Rs 20 for AC class which was doubled from the April 1.

There were total cancellation of 1,74,871 bookings on Wednesday and total cancelled amount was Rs 22,29,52,969.

Railways have banned the travel agents from booking online Tatkal tickets from 8 AM to 12 noon.

Tatkal bookings were 2,89,176 between 8 AM and 9 AM and 1,86,519 between 10 AM and 11 AM.

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