Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Railway Ticket Cancellation Charges Doubled

Railways Doubles Cancellation Charges' To End Ticket Black-Marketing'

The Indian Railways has doubled the train ticket cancellation charges and it reduced the deadline to cancel wait-listed and RAC tickets to half an hour before the departure of the train. The changes will come into to effect from Thursday, 12th November, 2015.

According to the railway, these steps have been taken to make cancellations more suited to passengers and end black-marketing of tickets by touts. 

 As against the earlier cancellation charges of Rs 60 to Rs 150 per ticket, passengers who will cancel their tickets even 48 hours prior to departure will lose anywhere between Rs 120 to Rs 300 per ticket from 12th November onward.

According to the Indian Railways Press Release, the clerkage charge for cancellation has been raised from Rs 30 to Rs 60 for any reserved class, cancellation charges have gone up from Rs 120 to Rs 240 for first air-conditioned executive class, Rs 100 to Rs 200 for second class air-conditioned coaches, Rs 90 to Rs 180 for third class AC coaches and Rs 30 to Rs 60 for second class tickets.

To discourage bulk booking by travel agents and touts who try to sell it in the black market for higher charges or just casually cancel them if there are no takers, the clerkage charges for cancellation of unreserved tickets has been increased from Rs 15 to Rs 30.

In present scenario, a passenger has to cancel the ticket between 48 hours and 12 hours before departure to get back at least 75% of the ticket cost, as compared to earlier cancellation done between 48 hours and six hours before departure which resulted in loss of 25% of the ticket cost.

To get back at least 50% of the ticket charge, time to cancel a ticket has been reduced to 4 to 12 hours before the departure as compared to the earlier 2 to 12 hours before departure. This is because the Railways has now begun preparing the train charts four hours before departure compared to the earlier two hours before departure.

It may please be noted that in case of a family or group which has only got a partial confirmation of their tickets, they are allowed to cancel their tickets even half an hour before departure. At the same time, wait-listed and RAC tickets which had to be cancelled three hours before a train's departure for a full refund can now be done even half an hour before the train's departure.

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