IRCTC New Rule: Only One Ticket Can Be Booked Online Between 8am To Noon
The new IRCTC rule which will be coming to effect from tomorrow may hamper you from booking tickets for your entire family because IRCTC will now allow only one ticket per user in one login session. After the ticket is booked, the user will be logged out automatically.
While this is going to effect millions of train travelers, the primary purpose of this rule is to ensure that touts do not corner large number of tickets at one go! The new rule is applicable to everyone who book their tickets through IRCTC website, including IRCTC agents.
Luckily, the rule is applicable only between 8:00am to 12:00pm, when it is the peak time on IRCTC portal. Also, users can book as many tickets as they want from offline IRCTC counters throughout the day. This restriction will not be applicable while booking onward journey/return journey e-tickets.
The official statement issued by Railways ministry said, “The Ministry of Railways has decided that in case of e-ticketing, there will be a restriction of only one booking in one user login session and forced logging out of the user before another booking for all users including IRCTC agents but excluding defence booking under warrant only.”
Over the last couple of years, IRCTC has taken many steps to improve the services provided by them to train travelers. One of their priority has been to weed out touts from the system, who corner chunk of tickets from IRCTC website and then sell them at premium to customers. They have earlier stopped agents from logging on to IRCTC websites between 8 am and 9 am, so that they cannot do Tatkal bookings.
IRCTC Launches Rupay Card With UBI
In another news, IRCTC has collaborated with Union Bank of India, to launch a IRCTC-UBI RuPay pre-paid card, which travelers can use to book their train tickets. The new Rupay card can be used just like normal debit card and can be used for shopping, online payments and other things apart from booking tickets on IRCTC.
There will be two type of Rupay pre-paid cards – virtual and physical.
The transaction charge would be Rs 10 per ticket for booking a ticket through the card on the IRCTC portal. As an opening offer, the transaction charge will not be levied six months for purchasing tickets on the IRCTC’s website. The initial value of the card is Rs 10,000 which can be recharged.