New Rules, Better Indian Railways
Traveling with The Indian Railways is now going to be a wonderful and comfortable experience. Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu has come-up with some interesting changes for the passengers to make their journey hassle-free.
Here is a list of new set of rules in the Railways for making your train journey, a world class experience:
Airport-like executive lounges at the railway stations:
Indian Railways have introduced its very first executive lounge recently at the New Delhi Railway Station to give an ‘airport-like’ experience. The passengers will have to shell an amount of Rs.100 to enjoy this elegantly made –lounge that has modern comforts like Wi-Fi, TV, and air-conditioner. Similar lounges are coming soon in Agra and Jaipur.
Now get a Refund on the cancellation of Tatkal tickets:
Earlier no refund was offered by the Indian Railways on the cancellation of Tatkal tickets but from 1st June, passengers will be getting 50 percent refund if the Tatkal tickets get cancelled. Changes have also been made in the timings of booking Tatkal tickets. The Tatkal window now is going to open from 10 AM to 11 AM. For sleeper class coach, the timings to book the ticket are between 11 AM and 12 noon.
Fly with Air India, if Rajdhani ticket doesn’t gets confirmed
If you were not the waiting list for Rajdhani ticket and your ticket did not get confirmed, you now have the exciting option of travelling to your destination in a flight of Air India. The passengers who had the ticket of First Class AC, will not have to pay extra for the flight, but the passengers with tickets of second class AC and third class AC will be required to pay an additional sum of around Rs.1500 for the flight tickets. IRCTC has collaborated with Air India for the same.
More coaches for Rajdhani and Shatabdi, two of India’s fastest train:
Two of the fastest trains of India, offering a comfortable train journey Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express are going to have more number of coaches so that more number of passengers can now travel in them. Also, a soft copy of your ticket in your mobile phone is going to valid for journey on-board these trains.
Tickets now available in regional languages:
From now, you can also book train tickets online for all in a number of regional languages.
No additional charge on using credit or debit cards for ticket booking:
From 1st June, the Indian Railways is not going to charge an extra cost of Rs.30 on transactions using credit and debit cards for buying train tickets at the reservation counters.
Wake Up call for the Passenger:
One of the biggest fears of missing the rail station of your destination due to oversleeping will no longer be there. The facility of wake-up calls has been launched on a number of trains.
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These new rules are admirable and will surely improve the traveling experience of travelers.