WITH the demand for train tickets, especially for long-distance journeys, considerably high, Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi has mooted the idea of guaranteed confirmed ticket system — something that does away with the practice of turning away passengers with wait-listed tickets.
The proposed system aims to roll out an identical train for spillover bookings on a route and, if need be, charge a premium for the service. Trivedi proposed the idea in a Railway Board meeting earlier this week and asked officials for feedback.
“I am serious about a policy wherein every ticket-holder is guaranteed a confirmed berth. If the waiting list reaches something like 700 over and above the train capacity, we can roll out an identical train on the route and accommodate the waitlisted ones,” Trivedi said.
The minister said rolling out another train to accommodate spillover bookings on every route would be easier said than done because of the limited availability of rolling stock (coaches and engines) but he has asked officials to finetune the idea. “We must start somewhere,” he said.
The idea has reportedly found positive response among top Railway Board officials, who are part of policy decisions, but there are several constraints pertaining to resources that come in the way of this policy seeing light of day instantly.
The minister has been told that since a single railway line has to carry both freight as well as passenger trains, choking the already congested railway network with identical trains on the same routes on an everyday basis might be a tough challenge.