Railways has launched a new scheme, called Vikalp, 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, also known as alternative train accommodation scheme, will take off in trains running on Delhi-Lucknow and Delhi-Jammu sectors from November 1, on a pilot basis.
Initially, Vikalp scheme 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.
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. As per the scheme, there would be no extra charges taken from the passenger or any refund provided for the difference of fare.
The name of passenger who has been provided accommodation in the alternative train will not figure in the waitlisted charts of their original train. A separate list of passengers transferred in alternative train will be passed along with the confirmed and waitlist charts. Through this scheme Railway aims to achieve the twin objectives of providing confirmed accommodation to waitlisted passengers and ensure optimal utilisation of available accommodation. Indian Railways has been getting a major facelift from the time the new Government has taken over with foreign funds pumping into many stranded projects.
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