Indian Railways launches ‘Vikalp’ for waitlisted passengers to get confirmed berth
Railways has launched a new scheme under which waitlisted passengers can get confirmed accommodation in next alternative train if they opt for the option while booking their tickets online.
The scheme has been named as Viklap, the alternative train accommodation scheme will be applied for trains running on Delhi-Lucknow and Delhi-Jammu sectors from November 1, on a pilot basis.
Initially, Vikalp cheme will be available only for the tickets booked through internet for six months and option will be limited to mail and express trains on the two selected routes.
As per the scheme, waitlisted passengers of a train would be given option of getting confirmed accommodation in the next train running on the route.
Through this scheme Railways aims to achieve two objectives :-
- Providing confirmed accommodation to waitlisted passengers
- Ensure optimal utilisation of available accommodation by this scheme.
While there is a huge demand for train berths in certain sector round the year, some routes witness increased rush during festive season. This scheme has been described as “passenger friendly” as it intends to provide confirmed accommodation to waitlisted passengers in alternative trains.The scheme will be extended to reservation booking counters and also on other routes after getting the feedback.
Passenger, if opts for the Vikalp scheme while booking tickets online, will get SMS alert on their mobile phone about getting confirmed accommodation in alternative train.There would be no extra charges taken from the passenger or any refund provided for the difference of fare.
The name of passenger who have been provided accommodation in the alternative train will not figure in the waitlisted charts of their original train but a separate list of passengers transferred in alternative train will be pasted along with the confirmed and waitlist charts.