Indiain Rail – Few Important Things


Last  Weekend I was planning to go my native. this was very short time for me to arrange the reservation by train from Bangalore to Matura as the Flights are becoming more and more expensive. I was unable to get the confirm tickets , then I went for Tatkal . Before this I never be in touch with Railway’s terminology. This exercise of booking tickets forced me to understand the Indian Railway’s Ticket booking procedure .Some of them I am trying to include here.

RESERVATION RULES

GENERAL CONDITIONS

The Railway Administration reserves seats, berths, compartments, or carriage in accordance with the rules and conditions published in the Coaching Tariff. A passenger seeking reservation of berth or seats should purchase tickets from the Railway Reservation Offices / Authorised Travel Agency only.

•  Advance reservations are made generally up to 60 days in advance for all classes and all trains. The period of advance reservation (ARP) is exclusive of the day of departure of the train.

•  At intermediate stations where the train arrives on the following day, such reservations can be done more than 60 days in advance of date of journey from the intermediate station. ARP is in relation to the date of the journey from train originating station. In case of some Inter – City day trains, the ARP is less.

•  An individual can book only up to six passengers on one requistion form provided all passengers are for the same destination and for the same train.

•  Only one requisition form is accepted from a person ast one time. However, if onward / return journey are involved, 2 or 3 forms can be accepted for the same passengers.

•  Accommodation will not be reserved without purchase of necessary journey ticket. No reservation of accommodation will be made on provisional basis.

•  When berths are reserved for passengers, the intention is to provide sleeping accommodation between 9pm to 6am. During 6am to 9pm, the passengers concerned, if required make room for other passengers in compartment up to is carrying capacity.

•  Passengers are requested to quote PNR number which is printed on each ticket on the top left hand side for any enquiry or complaint relating to reservations.

•  The Railway Administration will endeavour to provide reserved accommodation but does not guarantee the same and will admit no claim for compensation for inconvenience, loss or extra expense due to such accommodation including carriages, not being provided or reserved carriage not been attached to a particular train. The supply of any particular type of carriage or the provision of a particular berth and seat is also not guaranteed.

•  Departure time printed on the ticket is indicative of the guidance of the passengers. Pasengers must ascertain correct timings from the Railway station on the day of journey. Such tickets are printed up to 60 days in advance. Any changes in timing after the issue of ticket can not be advised.

•  While every endeavour is made to advise changes in Time Table by due publicity, railway Administration shall not be liable for any calim / compensation if a passenger misses a train on this account.

INDICATION OF BERTH / SEAT NUMBERS :

Passengers with confirmed reservation will be alloted berths at the time of booking and the coach and berth numbers are indicated on the ticket itself, except in case of first class ACC and first class coaches. The compartment / cabin / coupe numbers for first ACC and first class are allotted at the time of chart preparation.

RESERVATION AGAINST CANCELLATION (R.A.C) :

The passengers whose names figure under R.A.C, are provided reserved sitting accommodation initially and are likely to get berths becoming vacant due to last minutes cancellation of reservation of passengers not turning up in time before the departure of the train.

WHEN RESERVATION WORK CEASES :

The requests for reservation at the counters are accepted up to 4 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, after which, the reservation will be done at the current counters at the stations up to one hour before the scheduled departure of the train and thereafter by the Ticket Collector / Conductor on the platform, if vacant berths / seats are available.

CANCELLATION OF RESERVATION DUE TO LATE ARRIVAL OF PASSENGER :

If a passenger, for whom a berth or seat has been reserved, does not turn up to 10 minutes before the scheduled departure of the train, the Railway Administration may cancel the accommodation reserved for him and allot it to the passenger on the RAC list / Waitlisting list according to priority.

CHANGE OF BOARDING POINT :

If a passednger desires to occupy reserved accommodation from any station enroute, he would be permitted to entrain at any intermediate station he chooses irrespective of the distance from the starting station subject to the following conditions: –

•  A specific request must be made in writing at the station from where the ticket is purchased and reservation made atleast 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the train from the starting station.

•  The Railway Administration reserves the right to use such accommodation from the originating station up to the station at which the passenger is due to entrain.

•  No refund will be permissible for the portion of journey not performed by the passenger.

CHANGE OF RESERVATION TO DIFFERENT CLASS & DATE :

•  Change of reservation to a different class is permissable only once on the same train and date initially reserved under the following circumstances:

•  From a lower class reserved ticket to higher class on the same train and date, if room is available.

•  From a reserved seat to berth on the same train and date, if room is available.

•  Fresh reservation fee for the higher class is paid by the passenger.

•  Change of reservation in the same class in any train on the same or any subsequent or previous day is permitted before and up to 24 hours the scheduled departure of the train in which the reservation is already made.

•  The revised date of journey does not fall beyond the prescribed number of days for advance reservation from the date of request for reservation. Reserved accommodation is available in the train on the reserved date.

•  Freash reservation fee is paid by the passenger intending to alter the date and train of journey.

•  Alteration of reservation is allowed on a ticket only once, and if further alteration is required, the reservation already made shall have to be cancelled and refund given in accordance with the extent rules.

•  If a ticket on which one alteration has been made is presented for cancellation, the refund will be allowed after deduting:

•  The cancellation charges that would have been due, if the original reservation had been cancelled at the time when the postponement of reservation was allowed.

•  Cancellation charges as due in respect of altered reservation a fresh reservation only.

•  Change of reservation to different date for RAC / wait-list tickets:

•  The change of date of journey on RAC/waitlist ticket is permitted only if confirmed accommodation is available on the revised date on collection of a clerkage charge of Rs.10 / – per passenger.

Tips for A Safe & Comfortable Journey

  • Arrive early at the station to avoid rushing to your train
  • Do not throw a lighted match or cigarette butts in coaches
  • Watch your step while boarding or leaving the train
  • Do not smoke in compartments
  • Use the chain link fastenings below your berth to secure your luggage
  • Refrain from consuming alcohol as a consideration to other passengers

General Information

RESERVATION RULES

GENERAL CONDITIONS

The Railway Administration reserves seats, berths, compartments, or carriage in accordance with the rules and conditions published in the Coaching Tariff. A passenger seeking reservation of berth or seats should purchase tickets from the Railway Reservation Offices / Authorised Travel Agency only.

•  Advance reservations are made generally up to 60 days in advance for all classes and all trains. The period of advance reservation (ARP) is exclusive of the day of departure of the train.

•  At intermediate stations where the train arrives on the following day, such reservations can be done more than 60 days in advance of date of journey from the intermediate station. ARP is in relation to the date of the journey from train originating station. In case of some Inter – City day trains, the ARP is less.

•  An individual can book only up to six passengers on one requistion form provided all passengers are for the same destination and for the same train.

•  Only one requisition form is accepted from a person ast one time. However, if onward / return journey are involved, 2 or 3 forms can be accepted for the same passengers.

•  Accommodation will not be reserved without purchase of necessary journey ticket. No reservation of accommodation will be made on provisional basis.

•  When berths are reserved for passengers, the intention is to provide sleeping accommodation between 9pm to 6am. During 6am to 9pm, the passengers concerned, if required make room for other passengers in compartment up to is carrying capacity.

•  Passengers are requested to quote PNR number which is printed on each ticket on the top left hand side for any enquiry or complaint relating to reservations.

•  The Railway Administration will endeavour to provide reserved accommodation but does not guarantee the same and will admit no claim for compensation for inconvenience, loss or extra expense due to such accommodation including carriages, not being provided or reserved carriage not been attached to a particular train. The supply of any particular type of carriage or the provision of a particular berth and seat is also not guaranteed.

•  Departure time printed on the ticket is indicative of the guidance of the passengers. Pasengers must ascertain correct timings from the Railway station on the day of journey. Such tickets are printed up to 60 days in advance. Any changes in timing after the issue of ticket can not be advised.

•  While every endeavour is made to advise changes in Time Table by due publicity, railway Administration shall not be liable for any calim / compensation if a passenger misses a train on this account.

INDICATION OF BERTH / SEAT NUMBERS :

Passengers with confirmed reservation will be alloted berths at the time of booking and the coach and berth numbers are indicated on the ticket itself, except in case of first class ACC and first class coaches. The compartment / cabin / coupe numbers for first ACC and first class are allotted at the time of chart preparation.

RESERVATION AGAINST CANCELLATION (R.A.C) :

The passengers whose names figure under R.A.C, are provided reserved sitting accommodation initially and are likely to get berths becoming vacant due to last minutes cancellation of reservation of passengers not turning up in time before the departure of the train.

WHEN RESERVATION WORK CEASES :

The requests for reservation at the counters are accepted up to 4 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, after which, the reservation will be done at the current counters at the stations up to one hour before the scheduled departure of the train and thereafter by the Ticket Collector / Conductor on the platform, if vacant berths / seats are available.

CANCELLATION OF RESERVATION DUE TO LATE ARRIVAL OF PASSENGER :

If a passenger, for whom a berth or seat has been reserved, does not turn up to 10 minutes before the scheduled departure of the train, the Railway Administration may cancel the accommodation reserved for him and allot it to the passenger on the RAC list / Waitlisting list according to priority.

CHANGE OF BOARDING POINT :

If a passednger desires to occupy reserved accommodation from any station enroute, he would be permitted to entrain at any intermediate station he chooses irrespective of the distance from the starting station subject to the following conditions: –

•  A specific request must be made in writing at the station from where the ticket is purchased and reservation made atleast 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the train from the starting station.

•  The Railway Administration reserves the right to use such accommodation from the originating station up to the station at which the passenger is due to entrain.

•  No refund will be permissible for the portion of journey not performed by the passenger.

CHANGE OF RESERVATION TO DIFFERENT CLASS & DATE :

•  Change of reservation to a different class is permissable only once on the same train and date initially reserved under the following circumstances:

•  From a lower class reserved ticket to higher class on the same train and date, if room is available.

•  From a reserved seat to berth on the same train and date, if room is available.

•  Fresh reservation fee for the higher class is paid by the passenger.

•  Change of reservation in the same class in any train on the same or any subsequent or previous day is permitted before and up to 24 hours the scheduled departure of the train in which the reservation is already made.

•  The revised date of journey does not fall beyond the prescribed number of days for advance reservation from the date of request for reservation. Reserved accommodation is available in the train on the reserved date.

•  Freash reservation fee is paid by the passenger intending to alter the date and train of journey.

•  Alteration of reservation is allowed on a ticket only once, and if further alteration is required, the reservation already made shall have to be cancelled and refund given in accordance with the extent rules.

•  If a ticket on which one alteration has been made is presented for cancellation, the refund will be allowed after deduting:

•  The cancellation charges that would have been due, if the original reservation had been cancelled at the time when the postponement of reservation was allowed.

•  Cancellation charges as due in respect of altered reservation a fresh reservation only.

•  Change of reservation to different date for RAC / wait-list tickets:

•  The change of date of journey on RAC/waitlist ticket is permitted only if confirmed accommodation is available on the revised date on collection of a clerkage charge of Rs.20 / – per passenger.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Indiain Rail – Few Important Things

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