Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Train Berth Under Senior Citizen Quota Enhanced

Two Senior Citizens Allowed To Book Train Berth Together


There is a good news from Indian Railways for person who come under the category of senior citizens, ladies passengers above the age of 45 and pregnant women travelling alone in trains.

This quota has now been enhanced to six lower berths per coach in Sleeper class and three lower berths per coach in 3AC and 2AC classes. Further, in such trains like Rajdhani, Duronto and fully AC Express trains, this quota in 3AC class will be four lower berths per coach as against three lower berths per coach in case of normal Mail/ Express trains. This arrangement was started in 2007 for these categories of passengers in all trains having sleeping accommodation.

Other good news is that railway has now decided that the facility of booking tickets under senior citizen quota may be provided through a single application to two passengers, even if two passengers are in combination of senior citizens/ female passengers above the age of 45 years/ pregnant women. This has been done keeping in view the demands for providing this facility to such category of passengers even when more than one passenger are travelling together.

In order to avail this facility, both the passengers intending to travel together should be eligible to book berth under senior citizen quota i.e. either both of them should be senior citizens or ladies above the age of 45 or pregnant women or a combination of one senior citizen and one lady above the age of 45 or pregnant women.

This was decided on the basis of complaints received by the railways that in case two senior citizens (husband and wife) want to book berth under this quota, they are denied this facility despite the fact that both of them are senior citizens. There was repeated request from senior citizens that this facility should be provided even when two senior citizens are going together. 

The earlier decision for allowing senior citizens to book tickets under this quota only when travelling alone was taken due to the fact that since only two/ four lower berths per coach are being earmarked, there is a possibility that when two senior citizens travelling together book the ticket, they may get a scattered accommodation in two different coaches and this will create problem for them. This will result into frequent complaints and then representations will be received as to how the railway is facilitating two senior citizens by giving them scattered accommodation in two different coaches. 

Now, as per the New Commercial Circular No. 51, of Railway Board 2015, the scope of facility already available to senior citizens, female passengers above the age of 45 years and pregnant women to book accommodation under senior citizen quota has been enhanced to four lower berths per coach instead of two lower berths per coach. According to earlier orders, senior citizens/ female passengers above the age of 45 years/ pregnant women could book accommodation under this quota only when travelling alone whereas now they will be able to book accommodation even when two passengers of these categories (either both from the same category or combination of one from any two categories) are travelling together.

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2 comments:

  1. I AM 67 YEARS AND MY WIFE 61. WE ARE ALLOTTED LOWER BERTHS IN DIFFERENT COACHES IN RAJ DHANI EXPRESS. WE WANT TO CHANGE IT TO SIDE UPPER AND SIDE LOWER SO THAT WE CAN BE TOGETHER. IS IT POSSIBLE. THE JOURNEY IS FOR 35 HOURS.

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  2. I AM 67 YEARS AND MY WIFE 61. WE ARE ALLOTTED LOWER BERTHS IN DIFFERENT COACHES IN RAJ DHANI EXPRESS. WE WANT TO CHANGE IT TO SIDE UPPER AND SIDE LOWER SO THAT WE CAN BE TOGETHER. IS IT POSSIBLE. THE JOURNEY IS FOR 35 HOURS.

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