New Delhi: To encourage passengers to link their Aadhar numbers to their online booking accounts on IRCTC, Indian Railways has increased the monthly cap on tickets booked on the ICRTC portal from six to 12 for Aadhaar-verified passengers, officials said.
The move, which came into effect on October 26.
IRCTC officials said passengers can continue to book up to six tickets a month without validating their Aadhaar cards.
If the number goes beyond six, the Aadhaar number of the user and one of the passengers should be updated in the IRCTC portal, an official explained.
The move is expected to eliminate malpractices in ticket bookings as touts and travel agents cannot create fake user IDs anymore.
In the IRCTC portal, six passengers can be reserved on a single ticket under general quota while Tatkal bookings allow four passengers per ticket.
The railways had announced in December last year that registration of Aadhaar with IRCTC was mandatory to avail concessions from April 1, 2017, but dropped the idea after opposition from various forums.