Railway reservation rules are set to change starting today (October 10). Now railway seats will be available even five minutes before the train leaves the station, as the Indian Railways has decided to restore the pre-COVID system of preparing the second reservation chart half an hour before the departure time.
The Indian Railways has decided to restore the pre-COVID system of preparing the second reservation chart 30 minutes before the scheduled departure of trains from stations. The system had been modified to two hours in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic for the last few months.
“As per the request of Zonal Railways for ensuring convenience of rail passengers, the matter has been examined and it has been decided that the second reservation chart shall be prepared at least 30 minutes before scheduled or rescheduled time of departure of the train,” the statement said.
“Accordingly, the ticket booking facility — both online and on PRS ticket counters — shall be available, before preparation of the second chart. CRIS will make necessary modifications in the software accordingly so as to restore this provision with effect from October 10,” it said.
It is worth mentioning that passenger train services remained suspended in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, in a bid to restore services, the national transporter has been running special trains.
Booking or cancellation of tickets 5 minutes before departure:
Just like pre-COVID times, the 1st reservation chart will be prepared 4 hours before the departure of the train while the 2nd reservation chart will be prepared between 30 minutes to 5 minutes before departure of the train…..Read More>>