Alternate Train Accommodation Scheme – “VIKALP”


Ajit Kumar AJIT KUMARWISDOM IAS, New Delhi.

With a view to provide confirmed accommodation to waitlisted passengers and also to ensure optimal utilisation of available accommodation, a scheme called Alternate Train Accommodation Scheme – VIKALP has been conceptualised and is being introduced w.e.f. 01.11.2015 initially only for the tickets booked through internet as a pilot project for six months, on Delhi-Lucknow and Delhi-Jammu sectors of Northern Railway. In this scheme, wait listed passengers of a train can opt for confirmed accommodation in alternate trains.  

Salient Features
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 The Alternate Train Accommodation Scheme (ATAS) is presently being launched under the name “Vikalp” on pilot basis only for the tickets booked through internet on two sectors i.e. Delhi-Jammu and Delhi-Lucknow sectors. Based on the feedback it will be provided on PRS and also on other sectors.
- The scheme is presently being implemented only across Mail/Express trains of same category.
-  No extra charges shall be taken from passenger or any refund shall be provided for difference of fare.
- The scheme is applicable to all waiting list passengers irrespective of booking quota and concession. In pilot phase the scheme will be available on few pre-designated trains in the above sectors only.
- Under this scheme, waiting list passengers will give choice to opt for ATAS scheme.
- ATAS opted passengers who remain fully waitlisted after charting will only be considered for allotment in the alternate train.

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. Railway aims to achieve the twin objectives of providing confirmed accommodation to waitlisted passengers and 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.

Saturday, 27th Feb 2016, 08:38:29 PM

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