IRCTC Launches Berth Selection Option While Reserving Tickets
IRTC now gives option to choose the berths and seats at the time of reserving tickets online.
Until now, private bus operators gave users the option to choose their berths and seats at the time of booking their tickets on the internet. From next month onwards, IRTC too is going to give the option to its users when they book their railway tickets online. IRTC has added this facility for the sake of senior citizens, families with children and for the sick and ailing passengers.
Senior citizens, women and those travelling with children were, until now, not given the option to choose the berths they wanted. All they could do was give their preference for middle or lower berths. They would be given those berths only if they were available. Only if all the berths of the S1 coach are filled will the berth allocation for S2 coach begin. So even if the seat desired by the passenger is vacant in the S2 berth, he/she cannot reserve it.
While presenting the annual Railway budget last week in the Parliament, the Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda said that passengers will now have the option to choose the coach and berth at the time of reserving the tickets online. He added that there will also be an option to choose the food menu while booking the tickets!
The Railways already offers facilities for users to book resting rooms at the destination station while reserving the tickets. Initially one had to arrive at the station, pay the fees and then book the resting room. Now, at the time of booking their tickets, they can also reserve the resting rooms at the prime destination stations.
Like railway tickets, these rooms too can be booked 90 days in advance. After reserving the tickets, the user has to present the reserved ticket to the officer-in-charge of the resting room and reserve the rooms at the destination station.
Although there are some practical difficulties in executing these plans, the passengers are delighted.
But, despite all these facilities offered, booking tickets on the IRTC website continues to be a daunting task.