NEW DELHI: Indian Railways has banned two Mumbai-based travel and tour agencies--Kumar Tours & Travels and Air Freight Ltd--after a Central Bureau of Investigation probe found that they were involved in fictitious booking on special trains. Last year, the railways had barred e-ticket agents from booking tatkal tickets online from 8 am to 9 am to discourage bulk purchases.
The railways have also decided that from February 11 passengers with tatkal tickets will have to carry original identity proof.
The railway directive comes following numerous complaints of bulk-booking and the role of touts in cornering tatkal tickets.
The railways, which issued the directive on Monday, said passengers without proof would be considered ticketless and would be penalized.
Any passenger in a group has to produce the proof "failing which all passengers travelling on the ticket will be treated as travelling without tickets and will be charged excess fare and penalty as per rules," the railways said.
A voter photo-identity card, passport, PAN card, driving licence, photo ID card, issued by the central or state government, student ID card issued by a recognized school or college, nationalized bank passbook with photograph and credit cards issued by banks with a laminated photograph will be considered as valid ID proof.
The railways have also decided that from Feb 11 passengers with tatkal tickets will have to carry original identity proof. The directive comes following numerous complaints of bulk-booking.
Source - Times of India