The next time you land up on a railway station with a waiting list ticket, chances are that you may get to travel on a confirmed berth. However, there’s a catch, in that, you will have to wait a little longer, as the confirmed berth will be made available in an alternative train running on the same route within 12 hours. The good thing is that you will not have to pay any additional fare or extra charges. This new scheme launched by Indian Railways is called ‘Vikalp’ and it seeks to shorten the wait list by providing confirmed berths to as many waitlisted passengers as possible.
The scheme was launched today by railway minister Suresh Prabhu and it will become applicable from April 1. A similar scheme was already available on certain routes such as Delhi-Lucknow, Delhi-Jammu and Delhi-Chennai, but now it will be applicable on all train routes in the country. Initially, it will be available on e-tickets, but later it will be expanded to include tickets booked through Passenger Reservation Service (PRS). The scheme will benefit the railways also, as it will allow for maximum utilization of vacant seats/berths.