Is changing the boarding point on your IRCTC ticket always a pain? Well, we’ve got some good news for you!
According to a Times of India report, the railways have tweaked their rules regarding change of train’s boarding point.
Passengers will now be able to change their boarding point four hours before the departure time of the train, i.e., before the first chart is made.
How do you do that?
Passengers who are carrying a hard copy of their ticket can change their boarding station by writing a request to the originating station of the train.
Those who have e-tickets can change their boarding station via the IRCTC website before the first chart is prepared.
Passengers can even dial 139, which is the Railway Inquiry Number, and request the change before the preparation of the chart.
The report further adds that, as per a railway board directive to IRCTC circulated on March 15, 2019, the new rules imply that even after the boarding station is changed, the passenger will be allowed to travel from the old boarding station without having to pay an additional fare.
Please note, this is only in case the berth is vacant or the seat has not been given to another passenger.
Also, passengers will be allowed to change their boarding point only once.
How is the rule different from existing rules you may ask?
Here’s a list of existing rules about the change of boarding point from the IRCTC website:
1) The boarding point change is allowed only once.
2) The boarding station can be changed before 24 hours of the scheduled departure of the train.
3) The change is not allowed if the ticket has been seized, or for PNRs with the VIKALP option.
4) The change is also not allowed for I-Tickets and current booking tickets.
The IRCTC website also says this:
“Passengers who have booked e-tickets can change [their] boarding station online before 24 hours of the scheduled departure of the train w.e.f. 28-Jan-2016. In case a passenger has changed the boarding point he will lose all the rights to board the train from the original boarding point. If found travelling without any proper authority to travel, the passenger will have to pay the fare with penalty between original boarding point to the changed boarding point.”
In light of the current rules, the revised rules will undoubtedly help passengers heave a sigh of relief. What do you think? Tell us in the comments section.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)