Indian Railways seems to be soaked in the festive spirit lately, what with all the little gifts that they have been granting the passengers that commute via railways. Their latest move this time involves twisting the reservation rules to allow for passengers to change their boarding stations prior to preparation of the first passenger chart, which is four hours before the departure time of the train.
What’s the Buzz?
The IRCTC has announced a new change in the reservation booking rules that will now allow passengers to change their boarding stations 4 hours before the train’s departure in case of an emergency or because of the sudden change in plans. Up until now, the commuters were allowed to do the same, provided they sent their requests 48 hours before the train’s departure either via IRCTC webpage or by submitting a written request at the station, as a result of which the tatkal ticket holders did not get the option of changing their boarding points. But hitherto, the change can be requested any time before the preparation of the first passenger chart which will grant the tatkal travelers the same rights as the general ticket holders.
What should you know?
To change the boarding stations, the passengers who hold the hard copy of their reservation tickets can go to the train originating station and submit a written request while the passengers who have booked their tickets online can go to the IRCTC portal and get it changed. Passengers can also call on the contact number 139 four hours before the departure time of the train to do the same. The changes in boarding stations, however, can only be made once. But, the changed rules do allow the passengers to travel from the old boarding stations even after changing the boarding location, without any additional fare if the berth has not been allocated to some other passenger.
This new move is expected to provide relief to the commuters who reside in the big cities like New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, as they will now be able to board trains from the outskirts of towns when the boarding stations get overcrowded in there. The apex body of Railways has directed the Centre of Railways Information System (CRIS) to introduce the new changes before May 1.
What We Think?
We believe that this new move by Indian Railways will prove helpful to the passengers a it will make their journey even more convenient and easy.