Cancellation of rail tickets gets tougher

Charges Up, No Refund If Train’s Left

Rail travellers having confirmed tickets will be entitled to no refunds if they did not get them cancelled four hours before the departure of the train. Railways has also doubled the cancellation charge on tickets in the new refund rules which will become applicable from November 12.According to the new rules, there will be no refund of confirmed tickets after the departure of train and one can get a refund up to four hours before departure. Earlier from six hours before the scheduled departure of the train and up to two hours after the actual departure of the train, cancellation fee was 50% of the ticket.

The new rules specify that between 12 hours and 4 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, cancellation fee will be 50% of the ticket. Also, between 48 hours and 12 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, cancellation fee will be 25% of the ticket.

Earlier between 48 hours and 6 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, the cancellation fee was 25% of the ticket.

The change in refund rules is aimed at helping genuine passentrain ticketgers get confirmed tickets and check the tout menace in ticketing.

Railways has also doubled the ticket cancellation charges. The cancellation fee for AC3 confirmed ticket 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the train would be Rs 180 as against Rs 90 earlier, while for AC2 it would be Rs 200 in place of Rs 100.

For waitlisted ticket and reservation against cancella tion (RAC), one has to avail the refund up to half an hour before the scheduled departure of the train and there will be no refund after that, as per the new rules.

“The aim is to plug the scope of misuse,“ said an official, adding the changes are made to discourage touts and those ticketing agents indulging in black marketing of tickets.

Source: TOI 07 Nov’2015