Bhubaneswar: The Ministry of Railways has issued a clarification on issuance of unreserved tickets thereby quashing media reports on the issue.
“Few Stories have been published in certain sections of media about issuance of unreserved tickets . It is informed for guidance of all that- There has been NO change in policy to run all express trains including festival specials and clone specials as fully reserved train ONLY as yet,” the Ministry of Railways said in a statement.
The Indian Railways further clarified that "permission" given to zonal railways to issue unreserved tickets is meant for suburban and limited number of trains.
Accordingly till, further advice the existing mail express special trains including festival/holiday specials, clone specials which are running on fully reserved basis (as on date) shall be continued as fully reserved only, by issuing reserved tickets for second class coaches and passenger portion of SLRs also, the release read.
“Running of trains, norms of travel and reservations are constantly evolving under Covid times. Further changes, as and when they happen, would be informed to all concerned accordingly,” the statement added.