Railway Reservation Alert! New guidelines to be effective from tomorrow

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Passengers will no longer see any reservation charts on the reserved coaches of the trains from tomorrow as the Railways is implementing a pilot project that would phase out the idea of pasting of the charts on railway bogies.

The new guideline will be effective on reserved coaches of all trains at A1, A and B category stations for six months.

However to avoid any discomfiture to passengers, physical and digital display of charts will continue at the platforms, a statement by the Ministry of Railways said.

“At those stations where electronic charts display plasma has been installed and the same is functioning properly, physical reservation charts at such platforms can be stopped,” the statement said.

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The move is being aimed towards promoting ‘Green Initiative’ a paperless service which has achieved remarkable success in recent past at several railway stations in the country.

It is being considered environment friendly as it would not just save paper, but also cut down cost.

This apart, the move would help boost the digital campaign by stressing on getting e-tickets, sending reservation information through SMS, digital display at platforms.

Earlier the initiative was successfully launched at New Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin, Mumbai Central, Chennai Central, Howrah, and Sealdah stations from October 16 last year.

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South Western Railways Bengaluru Division (SBC) had also discontinued pasting charts on reserved coaches of all trains from Bengaluru City and Yeshwantpur stations from November 2016. Sources said the move has helped save over Rs 60 lakh spent on paper by the division.