Railway plans uniformity in allotment of seats

The railway authorities have decided maintain uniformity in allotment of accommodation in different passenger reservation system (PRS) sites for boarding points.

If a passenger gives the option at the time of booking the ticket for boarding the train from a station, other than the journey originating station indicated on the ticket, he/she would be given access to the reservation quota of the journey originating station indicated on the ticket and not of the changed boarding point.

Suppose a person books ticket from Mughalsarai to Secundrabad and shows the boarding point as Allahabad, then he will get the reservation quota from Mughalsarai and not from Allahabad . However, earlier, he used to get the reservation quota from the boarding point of Allahabad.

Director, traffic commercial in the Railway Board SK Ahirwar has written letters to all chief commercial managers and zonal managers including North Central Railway. The number of letter is 99/TG-I/20/P/boarding facility.

At present, if a passenger intends to board the train from a station other than journey originating station indicated on the ticket, the same can be done in two ways. Firstly, at the time of booking itself, the passenger gives the option for boarding the train from his/her station, other than the journey originating station indicated on the ticket. Or after booking the ticket, the passenger gives in writing for changing his/her boarding point.

In case of giving the option at the time of booking itself, different practice is being followed by different reservation systems. In case of Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata PRS, the passenger gets access to the reservation quota of changed boarding point and not the reservation quota of journey originating station indicated on the ticket. However, in case of Mumbai PRS, the passengers get access to the reservation quota of journey originating station.

In case of giving the option for change of boarding point after booking of ticket, the passenger continues to get access to reservation quota of journey originating station indicted on the ticket and his status gets updated against that quota and not of the changed boarding point.

With a view to have uniformity of logic giving access to reservation quota of journey originating station or the changed boarding point, the matter has been examined and it has been decided that if a passenger gives the option at the time of booking the ticket itself for boarding the train from a station other than the journey originating station indicated on the ticket, the passenger will be given access to the reservation quota of the journey originating station indicated on the ticket and not of the changed boarding point.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-07-18/allahabad/40656664_1_quota-reservation-boarding

ATVMs to soon dispense unreserved tickets

Automatic ticket vending machines (ATVMs) at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Dadar and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus will soon dispense unreserved tickets for long-distance passenger trains. The Central Railway (CR) — which plans to start the facility within a month — will start with stations where long-distance passenger trains originate or halt to provide more options to passengers purchasing unreserved tickets.

Around 9.5 lakh unreserved tickets, including suburban, are sold by CR daily.

Western Railway, too, will have a similar facility. “We will selectively start the facility at certain terminals to gauge passenger response. Subsequently, it will be extended to ATVMs at passenger reservation system (PRS) outside railway premises. If found useful, all ATVMs will have the provision of dispensing unreserved tickets for non-suburban trains,” said Atul Rane, chief public relations officer, CR.

There are a total of 346 ATVMs on CR of which 136 have been newly installed. While the function of providing unreserved ticket is a part of a ticketing machine, it was kept disabled.

Of the new machines, one has been installed at the PRS in Vartak Nagar, Thane. CR plans to have ATVMs at Vidhan Bhavan, Tata Memorial Hospital, Navy Nagar and other places that have PRS facility. While there are 386 ATVMs on CR, 40 old machines installed in 2007 will be condemned, while 52 will be rehabilitated. Defunct parts of 135 old machines have already been changed.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/atvms-to-soon-dispense-unreserved-tickets/1139281/

Rly ATVMs a hit among passengers

The automated ticket vending machines (ATVMs) installed a month ago in major railway stations under the Thiruvananthapuram division have become a huge hit among the passengers, says railways.

It was in December last week that 10 ATVMs were introduced in five stations –
Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Eranakulam Junction, Aluva and Thrissur. As per the statistics, passengers bought 58,876 tickets using ATVM cards in January alone and 72,592 passengers travelled using those tickets.

The authorities are planning to introduce more ATVMs in other important stations to end the long queues for tickets. It is learnt that the more ATVMs and jansadharan ticket booking sevak (JTBS) counters and passenger reservation system (PRS) centres will be introduced in the state during the year.

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Tatkal booking process streamlined

Railway officials say the organization has taken several measures to prevent touts cornering berths at passenger reservation system (PRS) centres. They also say that improvements have been made to the website of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).

“Under a new system, tatkal tickets will be sold between 10am and noon,” said a railway officer. “No authorized agents, including those of the IRCTC, will be allowed to book tatkal tickets in this period the counter or online.”

He said booking periods have been segregated to ensure that reservation queues for the opening date (120 days before the date of journey) do not clash with tatkal dates. “On the IRCT website, individual users are now permitted to book only two tickets from 10am to noon. Also, only two tickets can be booked from a particular IP address in this period.”

A few days ago, Western Railway introduced the concept of self tatkal ticket counters, where a person can book tatkal tickets only for himself or if he is part of a travelling party. WR has also made photo identity cards compulsory at PRS centres for those who seek to make bookings under the tatkal scheme. “If someone is not travelling himself, but booking tickets on somebody else’s behalf, he would have to bring a self-attested photocopy of the ID of the person for whom the booking would be done,” a railway official said.

The railways is also planning to introduce biometric technology in three months in the Mumbai division, again to bar touts. To cater to demand during summer holidays, Central Railway has decided to regulate post-midnight queues outside all PRS centres.
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-12-27/mumbai/36021318_1_tatkal-scheme-book-tatkal-tickets-prs-centres