Come February 15, passengers can book train tickets online only six times a month instead of existing 10 on Indian Railways' e-ticketing website.
Under the existing system of online booking, one can book tickets on Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website 10 times a month but from February 15, it will be reduced to six times, a senior Railway Ministry official said.
This has been done to prevent any possible misuse of online booking facility as it has been felt that a genuine passenger does not require to book tickets online for more than six times in a month, he said.
According to an analysis of usage of quota of booking 10 tickets in a month, it indicated that 90 per cent of users were booking upto six tickets in a given month and only 10 per cent were booking more than six, he said, adding that it is suspected that the 10 per cent users might be involved in touting activities.
Therefore, to deter such touts and to facilitate genuine users, it has been decided that a maximum of six tickets can be booked by an individual user in a month, said the official.
The IRCTC has already put in place various checks for the online booking on its website like only two tickets can be booked by an individual using his or her user-id in a day for advance reservation booking from 8am to 10am.
Individuals are allowed to book only two tickets per user-id in a day for Tatkal booking from 10am to 12 noon.
Quick Book option also remains disabled from 8am to 12 noon.
All ticketing agents have been barred from booking tickets from 8am to 8.30am for general bookings, from 10am to 10.30am and 11am to 11.30am for Tatkal booking in AC and non-AC classes respectively.
Booking is not allowed through e-wallet and cash cards from 8am to 12 noon.
There is only one booking in one user login session except for return/onward journey between 8am to 12 noon.