Tatkal Trains like Tatkal Tickets
It is well known to all of us how RTC has been cashing on festivals and special occasions through special buses, special charges. Ticket charges for these special buses are about 50% extra. But passesngers make use of them due to unavoidable situations. The Indian Railways is also going onto the same track. Till now, charges for special trains were the same as regular ones. Hereafter, special ticket charges will have to be paid for special trains. Allthe passengers who occupy berths in those trains have to pay Tatkal charges to railways, which is 30% extra over the regular ticket price. One such tatkal train will be run on 8th of this month for the first time between Hyderabad and Vizag.
Due to increasing maintenance charges of railways, if prices of regular train tickets are hiked, passengers would start protesting. Railway is trying to increase income levels by not increasing the regular ticket prices. Extension of reservation period to 120 days will result in excess income for railways through cancellation charges. In trains that travel lesser distances, railway is trying to introduce second seating inspite of sleeper class. We have to wait to see what others schemes and plans that Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will put forward.