Review: AutoTatkal an android app to speed up your tatkal booking process

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As we all know that tatkal ticket booking over the IRCTC platform is a race against time. Small mistake while filling the form, you will miss the tickets. Imagine if you have a chance to pre-fill the form details so that you will not make any mistakes and more importantly you can save few seconds of time which will increase your chances of getting a confirmed ticket. To help you do that there is an android application called AutoTatkal on the Google Play Store. Today we have tested the application whether if it is working smoothly or not and here is our experience.

What the application basically is?

The application basically is an auto-fill application with step by step navigation until you complete your booking process. The application will fill all the form details except where human intervention is necessary like in captcha etc. One can even pre-fill the payment details if they wish to and that is optional. To enhance the page loading speed , the application disables ads on the IRCTC website.

Problems faced while using the app:

  • The app forces you to select berth preference, there is no option to select “no preference” which can further boost your chances of getting a confirmed ticket.
  • UI/UX problem: the application takes you to the desktop website of irctc which is large for the mobile screen and so you have to painfully pan across the screen to get the work done. And this is quite irritating as the time saved in filling the form gets wasted here. Have a look at the screenshots below-

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Finally did I get the tickets?
No, the app got stuck at the payments step. Didn’t get the tickets for the train I am looking for. Immediately kept it aside and logged in from the computer. Luckily got tickets for another train. 

Will I try the application again?
No, this is tatkal booking, I can’t take chances.

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Railways could go in for Metro-type entry/exit gates at some stations.

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Automatic fare collection barriers installed at Southern Cross Station in Melbourne Metcard. *Image for illustration only. Image source: Link

Indian Railway News

Planners are exploring the possibility of having an access control system, similar to the Metro network’s, to prevent fare-evaders from entering Mumbai suburban train stations.
In the suburban system, a ticketless traveller is only caught if asked by a ticket-checker. Also, ticket-checking is random and not round-the-clock.

World Bank officials recently met railway officials to brainstorm about having the system. Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has appointed Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) as consultants to design an integrated ticketing system that will have a common smart card for all modes of transport in the city.

A Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) official said, “The consultants will carry out study of 12 stations, selected on the basis of high, medium and low footfalls during peak hours. The access control concept is challenging but can be implemented here.”
Metropolitan commissioner Sanjay Khadare said, “The consultant will look for ways to implement the access…

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Indian Railways mulling insurance for baggage, laptops and even mobiles

 

Finally, Indian Railways advancing at a better pace.

Indian Railway News

With 40 lakh people opting for passenger insurance since its launch early this month, Railways is now planning to roll out insurance for baggage, mobiles and laptops in the insurance cover.

There are also plans to expand the existing passenger insurance to include station and ticketing areas so that passengers get the cover in case of any untoward incident on station premises.

“As of now the insurance covers passenger from boarding to alighting from train. We are planning to extend it on station and ticketing areas also. There is potential to extend it to baggage and other valuables like mobile and laptop,” said IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director A K Manocha.

According to IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation), there is immense potential to expand the insurance cover and this would bring down the premium amount. IRCTC along with three private companies provide the insurance cover.

Manocha said the…

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