New railway scheme to shorten wait lists, transfer passengers to alternative trains

New railway scheme to shorten wait lists, transfer passengers to alternative trains

Waitlisted passengers will get the choice of travelling on reserved berths in alternative trains on the same route from April, railway minister Suresh Prabhu announced yesterday.

Called Vikalp, or alternative train accommodation system (ATAS), the scheme will provide reserved berths or seats within 12 hours to passengers on the waiting list in another train bound for that destination. The change won’t entail any additional fare or charges. This is an attempt to settle a long-running grudge of millions of people that travel with the country’s largest public transporter.

But there is a caveat to the plan: alternative berths will depend on the availability of vacant seats in another train. In the overcrowded network, the possibility of finding reserved berths in alternative trains appears remote. Unconfirmed tickets have been a standard complaint of people seeking to travel with the railways, which carries 23 million passengers every day, a number equal to the population of Australia.

The scheme has additional flaws. A waitlisted passenger on the Delhi-Howrah Duronto with a travel time of 17.15 hours, for instance, might end up spending 41 hours for the journey if he is accommodated on the Delhi-Sealdah Express. Also, a passenger seeking to cancel his ticket on an alternative train will have to pay a steep charge. The cancellation fee for a confirmed booking, which is the case for a person getting accommodated on an alternative train, is much higher than the money deducted on a refund for a waitlisted ticket.

A railway official said Vikalp cannot address these problems entirely. “Smart traffic management plans can help, but unless infrastructural constraints are removed, lasting solutions cannot come.”

A reverse scenario can be possible too. Passengers can get lucky. Say, a wait-listed traveller on the Shaheed Express may find an alternative berth on the faster Duronto or Rajdhani trains. The latest move is aimed at optimizing utilisation of seats across all trains; thereby increasing earnings and reducing refunds on waitlisted tickets.

The railways run more than 12,000 passenger trains every day. But the loss-making network loses more money each time a train leaves the platform with a vacant seat. Since train tariff is heavily subsidized, just 27% of railway revenue comes from passenger tickets. The nationwide scheme will kick in from April 1 and will be available for those buying e-tickets to start with. But it will be extended to passenger reservation service (PRS) tickets as well.

The plan is available already on six routes, including Delhi-Lucknow, Delhi-Jammu and Delhi-Chennai.


News Source:

About author

TnH Global
TnH Global 4048 posts

Our platform is the most comprehensive, current and accurate content destination for tourism that also offers the opportunity to connect and network with quality buyers and sellers.

Name: TnH Global              Email:

You might also like


India’s Zoom Air starts commercial operations

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today congratulated Zoom Air, India’s newest airline, on the recent launch of CRJ200 regional jet service with aircraft acquired from a third party. The airline has joined


Thai Airways launches Dream Liner

Thai Airways is giving its customers a whole new in-flight experience with cabin enhancements, more seating comfort and almost limitless entertainment options with B787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. Flying on international routes


The First Cochin International Boat Show to be held from September 26

The first Cochin International Boat Show (CIBS) will be held from September 26 to 28, 2018 at KTDC’s Bolgatty Palace Event Centre, here. It will be inaugurated by Alphons Kannanthanam,



In recent years, Slovakia has emerged as an attractive tourist destination. Notwithstanding its small size, the country located in the central part of Europe is replete with abundant bounties of nature. The


Flights to Qatar will operate, but may get longer, costlier

Qatar may be cut off from rest of the Gulf countries+ but flights between India and Doha will operate as usual for now. The travel time, however, will most likely

Travel Trade

Virgin Atlantic Red Hot Fridays are here!

Virgin Atlantic recently conducted a trade blitz called the Red Hot Friday and visited some travel agencies in Delhi with sweet savouries and fun goodies. The agents dressed in red were awarded cool give-aways like


Sabre elevates Roshan Mendis to Chief Commercial Officer for Travel Network

Sabre Corporation has appointed Roshan Mendis as chief commercial officer (CCO) of its Travel Network business. As CCO, Mendis will be responsible for leading global sales, sales operations and business


Over 60% of branded hotels across segments are shut: Report

Hotels & Tourism sector has been hit hard by COVID-19 impact, but long-term optimism remains high.  – • As of 10th April, more than 60% of branded hotels across various


India’s Air Odisha secures scheduled operator permit

Air Odisha (Bhubaneswar) has received a scheduled air operator permit from India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), allowing it to launch scheduled operations planned to commence on February 17. “We


India to boost cruise tourism

A holiday on a luxury cruise is a dream for every individual. In India, robust economic growth and rising household incomes are giving a boost to the cruise tourism industry.


India’s fastest Gatimaan Express Extends its Route to Gwalior-Jhansi

India’s fastest train Gatimaan Express route has been extended to Gwalior and Jhansi which will affect its speed. The train which runs at a speed of 160 Kmph will slow



Etihad Airways continues to increase the number of special flights it is operating from Abu Dhabi to several key destinations around the world, as it prepares for an eventual return to


No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!