In a move that is sure to enhance passenger comfort and convenience, the Indian Railways has increased the reservation quota of lower berths for women and senior citizens!
The national transporter recently announced that it has decided to increase the combined reservation quota of lower berths in various Mail/Express trains and general trains, for senior citizens and female passengers of 45 years and above. Pregnant women will also be able to book seats as per this increased quota, as reported by the Financial Express.
As per the decision, the reservation quota has been increased in terms of seats in sleeper class, AC 2-tier (2nd AC) and AC 3-tier (3rd AC) berths. The percentile rise in the reservation quota has reached to 33 per cent more seats from 12 per cent.
The present situation is such that in the sleeper class of regular Mail/Express trains, a total of 6 lower berths per coach, are reserved for senior citizens, female passengers (45 and above) and pregnant women. In the AC 2-tier and AC 3-tier classes of the same trains, a total of three lower berths per coach are reserved.
Also, in Rajdhani/Duronto/fully AC Express trains, there exists no combined reservation quota of lower berths in the sleeper class, while in the AC 2-tier and AC 3-tier class, the reservation quota stands at 4 and three lower berths per coach.
With the decision in place, the calculation will be as follows:
1. Regular Mail/Express trains: A total of 6 lower berths per coach are reserved under the new combined quota in the sleeper class, which have single coaches. For the AC 2-tier and AC 3-tier classes in these trains with single coaches, the revised quota will have four and three lower berths per coach, respectively.
2. In the same trains, but ones with more than one coach, the sleeper class will have seven lower berths reserved per coach, while the AC 2-tier and AC 3-tier classes will have four lower berths per coach, each.
3. In the Rajdhani/Duronto and fully AC trains, there is no combined reservation quota in the sleeper class. However, the AC 3-tier class will reserve five lower berths per coach, while the AC 2-tier will reserve four such berths.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)
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