Indian Railways reservation charts, vacant seats now available online

ZeeBiz WebTeam | Feb 27, 2019, 08:46 PM IST

In past few years, Indian Railways has strived hard to improve its services, and now it claims to be facilitating its passengers on the lines of airlines. The national transporter has also started displaying reserved charts online to allow its passengers to see the status of seats while booking a particular train. The user-friendly interface will give graphical representation of the train coaches and berth-wise accommodation status on website, said a PTI report.

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Railway Minister Piyush Goyal today said the reservation charts will now be available for public viewing on the internet and will facilitate the prospective passengers in getting the information of the vacant berths available in the train after the preparation of the chart. The system is now available on all trains across the railway network. Image source: Reuters

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Railway Minister Piyush Goyal today said the reservation charts will now be available for public viewing on the internet and will facilitate the prospective passengers in getting the information of the vacant berths available in the train after the preparation of the chart. The system is now available on all trains across the railway network. Image source: Reuters

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Piyush Goyal said, "Complete information of vacant berths from train source as well as intermediate locations will be available to the user. Prospective customer can use the information for onboard booking of vacant berths by TTE as per business rules. This feature is available in web as well as mobile version," adding "This will make the entire process transparent." Image source: Reuters

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According to the new facility, Indian Railways's website will show the seating layout with different colours to show the seats that are booked, vacant and partially booked, as we see in an airline. This new system will display coach layout of nine classes used in the reserved trains of the Indian Railways and more than 120 different coach layout have been incorporated. Image source: Reuters

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This feature displays class-wise and coach-wise fully vacant berth availability information as per the First Chart of the train. First Chart is prepared four hours in advance to train departure. Image source: Reuters

 

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If the second chart is also prepared, then the option to view the details of vacant berth available at the time of second chart will also be displayed. The second chart is prepared about 30 minutes prior to the departure of the train to accommodate the information of current reservations and cancellations done after first chart. Image source: Reuters

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Both the charts will get updated for every charting location as the train heads towards it's destination. In addition to this, user will also have facility to view exact position of the berth allocated to a PNR in the graphical coach layout during PNR enquiry. Image source: PTI

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Talking about the new facility, Girish Pillai, Member, Traffic, Railway Board said, the facility will be available for Shatabdi and Rajdhani passengers in the next 20 days at originating station even after the train has departed the station. Image source: Reuters