Bhubaneswar: Short distance train passengers in Odisha will soon be able to avail Sleeper Class journey facility by paying a little extra amount of the General Second Class Ticket fare as the East Coast Railway has planned to extend the Unreserved Sleeper Class Ticket facility in three more trains from next year.
The three trains where the Unreserved Sleeper Class Ticket facility will be introduced are Bhubaneswar-Rameswaram Express from 6th March, 2020 between Bhubaneswar and Berhampur, Puri-Ahmedabad Express from 23rd February, 2020 between Puri and Berhampur and Tirupati-Puri Express from 18th February, 2020 between Berhampur and Puri.
According to the East Coast Railway, passengers can avail the Unreserved Sleeper Class journey ticket from the Unreserved Ticket Counters at Puri, Bhubaneswar, Khurda Road, Berhampur Stations and travel in earmarked S-6 Sleeper Class Coaches of the above trains for short journeys.
With the new move, passengers who fail to get seat in General Second Class Coaches and unauthorisedly travel in Sleeper Class Coaches will get the most benefit. At present, the Railway authorities are levying fine on those passengers who used to hop in Sleeper Class Coaches for short journey.
It may be noted that the East Coast Railway introduced this facility in Konark Express between Bhubaneswar and Berhampur in 2011-12. After reviewing the positive response and acceptance by passengers, the ECoR extended this facility in Visakha Express between Bhubaneswar and Palasa, from November 4, 2014.
Currently, the facility of Unreserved Sleeper Class journey tickets for short distance Sleeper Class journey is available in Konark Express between Bhubaneswar and Berhampur, Visakha Express between Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam from both the directions, Prashanti Express between Berhampur and Bhubaneswar, Rayagada-Vijayawada Express between Rayagada and Visakhapatnam, Visakhapatnam-Nizamuddin Express between Visakhapatnam and Rayagada from both the directions.
With the addition of three more trains, the list of trains with unreserved Sleeper Class Coaches goes up to 10.