Railways have extended the advance reservation period to 120 days to deal with the malaise of touts cornering bulk tickets.

"The decision for increase of advance reservation period from two months to four months was taken to prevent touts to corner bulk tickets," said a senior Railway Ministry official.

The four-month window helped passengers to plan their vacations well in advance he added.

A total 13,45,496 rail tickets including 1,25,790 Tatkal were booked online through IRCTC website for total 32,16,039 passengers on the first day of this month, the official informed.

The booking of over 13 lakh tickets on a day is highest record so far as IRCTC ticketing site registers an average booking of 5 lakh tickets a day.

The 120-day advance booking rule will, however, not be applicable in case of certain day time express trains like Taj Express, Gomti Express and special trains.

These trains will continue to have a 30-day advance booking window. Railway Ministry has also recently put some curbs on the number of online bookings made during peak hours.

Now, only one train ticket can be booked online with one log-in after which the booking session will expire during the peak hours.

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