Aug 13, 2016

Provision of confirmed Train Tickets for all Railway Passengers

Indian Railways, as a matter of policy, has already decided that all the Mail/Express trains (except fully reserved trains like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto, etc.) introduced after 2007-08, shall have at least 6 general class coaches in their standard composition as per feasibility. Besides, to cater to the travelling needs of General Class passengers, Indian Railways operate fully unreserved services like Jan Sadharan, Janseva, Jan Nayak Express and also operate Passenger trains and Intercity services for short distance travel. With this end in view, Indian Railways in the Railway Budget 2016-17, has announced to introduce the Antyodaya Express, a long-distance, fully unreserved, superfast train service, and also to add two to four Deen Dayalu coaches in some long distance trains for unreserved travel to enhance the carrying capacity for the general public. Further, about 87 General Class coaches have been augmented in existing trains during the period 2016-17 (up to July, 2016). 

Passengers holding waiting list ticket are not permitted to board reserved coaches without the permission of on-board ticket checking staff. Waiting list passengers, if found travelling in reserved coaches, are taken up as per relevant provisions of Indian Railways Act, 1989. 

With a view to provide confirmed accommodation to waitlisted passengers of reserved class and also to ensure optimal utilization of available accommodation, the Alternate Train Accommodation Scheme known as ‘VIKALP’ was introduced as a pilot project on Delhi-Lucknow & Delhi-Jammu sectors. This scheme has been further extended to Delhi-Howrah, Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Bengaluru and Delhi-Secunderabad sectors also. The trains are also augmented by attaching additional coaches to clear waitlisted passengers, subject to feasibility and extra trains, over and above the normal time tabled trains are run, to cater to the demand. 

This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha

 

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