The railways has announced that it will reduce the sleeping time in reserved coaches by one hour. Earlier, the sleeping time was from 9 PM to 6 AM, but now it has been revised to 10 PM to 6 AM. The decision was taken since frequent disputes and fights have been noticed between ordinary ticket and reserved ticket holders over the right to sit in a reserved compartment. Generally, there is a mentality that once a berth has been reserved, it becomes one’s personal property. However, as per rules, anyone with a general ticket is allowed to use the berth to sit between 6 AM and 9 AM. Now, the same has been revised to 6 AM to 10 PM. This means general ticket holders will get an hour more to sit in reserved class coaches.
The fights over seats are usually noticed during morning hours and evening and night hours. Often, many long distance trains connect two or more large cities or towns along their route and local people use these trains either during the morning hours or during evening or night. With one hour now being reduced for reserved ticket holders, local travellers would be able to stay an hour longer inside reserved coaches. However, there are exceptions such as sick passengers, people with any type of disability, and pregnant women. In such case, the new rule will not apply.