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Did you try to book in the recent time a railway ticket online under Tatkal quota through irctc.co.in ? (irctc.co.in is a website of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, which is an arm of Indian Railways that operates online reservation of train tickets)
It is really a tiresome process as irctc.co.in has made lot of restrictions in Tatkal bookings such as time restrictions, IP address restrictions etc., to overcome unscrupulous booking activities by agents.
These restrictions and irctc website’s poor response to high traffic in the peak time would really waste your precious time with no result. Either you land up in a page with one line message “Service Unavailable” on the top or you will be staring at the page loading graphics revolving in the seat availability area if you are lucky enough to get logged in and allowed to choose your train for a given date.
As of now nothing could be done from users’ side to improve these conditions. irctc.co.in has to find a good solution to handle properly the traffic that it gets for online reservation.
IRCTC to introduce Rolling Deposit Scheme for online Train Ticket Reservation
May be the first step to in the process of providing a user friendly interface for online reservation of train tickets, irctc.co.in has planned to lanuch a Deposit Scheme called “Rolling Deposit Scheme” (RDS) for faster online booking.
The features of this Scheme is as follows:
It is scheme allowing passengers to reserve seats against advance money deposited by the passengers with irctc. The aim to get advance deposits from the persons booking rail reservations is provide them fast service while booking online tickets. It would also avoid failed bookings due to network connection failure between irctc and user banks.
Under the Rolling Deposit Scheme, a user can deposit money in advance with IRCTC and use it as a payment option amongst the other payment options available on IRCTC website for paying money at the time of booking tickets.
While official announcement on thie Rolling Deposit Scheme is yet to released by irctc
Source: Times of India