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Train ticket booking period cut to 60 days!

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The Railways have cut the maximum period for advanced reservation of tickets from 4 months to 60 days with effect from May 1.

However, tickets booked up to April 30 under the 120-day reservation period would be valid, says a railway circular. Foreign tourists would continue to enjoy the facility of booking ticket 360 days in advance.

The Railways have retained the lower time limit for reservation for certain trains such as the Taj Express and the Gomti Express. It was in March 2012 that the Railways increased the advance reservation period from 90 to 120 days.

The reduction of advance reservation period to 60 days will be a deterrent for touts who book bulk tickets in advance. We hope the reduction of booking period will help genuine travellers.

Indeed, a welcome move by the Railways. Otherwise, how difficult it has been to plan well ahead!!

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Railways Introduce Ten Holiday Special Trains for Summer

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Ahead of Summer Holiday season we face extra rush during the booking of railway tickets and this experience often sours our fun of holidays. But this time we have good news for you!!

Summer Holiday Special Trains

The Train is coming, I can hear it.

The Season is coming, I can feel it.

Bright lights, Happy faces, joyous people Everywhere.

The Holiday Train! The train brings hope down the tracks.

The train’s not just about Pretty lights and Cheerful songs.

It was made to Warm the hearts of those who travel long.

It brings a party in a package, it brings people together.

It brings hope, it makes us care, it makes us remember.

The Summer Holiday Train Is Here….. 😀

For the convenience of passengers and to clear extra rush during summer, the railways have decided to run Ten Holiday Special Trains from April 01 to June 30, 2013. To cater to the increasing volume, the railways have also planned to augment the passenger carrying capacity on permanent/temporary basis.

Now, Plan your Summer Holidays hassle free with “Summer Holiday Special Trains” on irctc.co.in

Train Route Duration Operation Timings
Jaipur-Sholapur Jaipur 01 April to 24 June 12.55 hrs on Mondays
Jaipur Indore Jaipur 02 April to 25 June 20.40 hrs on Tuesdays
Jaipur Udaipur Jaipur 01 April to 30 June 06.45 hrs daily from Jaipur
Sadulpur Churu Sadulpur 01 April to 30 June 12.35 hrs daily from Sadulpur
Jaipur Bikaner Jaipur 01 April to 30 June 18.50 hrs on Saturdays
Jaipur Alwar Jaipur 01 April to 30 June 10.00 hrs daily from Jaipur
Byawar Marwar Byawar 01 April to 30 June 19.45 hrs daily from Byawar
Suratgarh Anupgarh Suratgarh 01 April to 30 June 18.30 hrs daily from Suratgarh
Suratgarh Anupgarh Suratgarh 01 April to 30 June 04.50 hrs daily from Suratgarh
Jaipur Phulera Jaipur 01 April to 30 June 20.20 hrs daily from Jaipur

 

 

 

 

Mobile SMS now to be treated as authentic rail tickets !

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Indian Railways has unveiled a new facility, which will allow passengers to book railway tickets through their mobile phones and use the text message received on their mobile phones by Indian Railways as a valid ticket.

With this new facility Passengers don’t have to carry paper printouts of their e-Tickets anymore and passengers will now get a ticket through SMS in 20 minutes.

The m-ticket service is part of the new website http://www.indianrailways.gov.in launched recently, which will provide all enquiries like train alert, PNR status, train status, seat availability, train schedule, time table and fare on a single website.

A passenger has just to show the SMS to the ticket collector, backed up by a photo ID to travel on train. The facility of booking tickets through the web portal will be available between 12.30 am and 11.30 pm on a daily basis. Railway officials said the newly launched e-ticketing facility bars travel agents and such bulk customers from using the service.

Few Good Things about Railway Minister’s Maiden Rail Budget

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While the fare hike will dominate headlines, Railways Minister Dinesh Trivdei announced a host of new initiatives for the Indian Railways, a service he said is as important as any other to ensure the growth of the nation. Initiatives that caught our eye included proposals like green toilets to greatly improved passenger services. Here is a list of what we like best:

1. Green toilets:  In his speech, Trivedi said green toilets would be introduced to stop corrosion and degradation of tracks due to what he politely referred to as ‘night-soil’. Vacuum toilets, currently found on airplanes are to be fitted on a few premium train services as a pilot project and will be introduced on other trains soon. Additionally, 2,500 coaches will be equipped with bio-toilets developed by the DRDO. If it means our train coaches and tracks stink less we say : Yes please!

2. Cleaner toilet and hygiene services in six months : “I am not prepared to accept the hygiene standards of trains”, said Trivedi. None of us ever did but then we really couldn’t do too much about it. Trivedi announced the setting up of a special house keeping unit to ensure that cleanliness and hygiene are improved, in keeping with international standards. This will extend to toilet facilities at stations. Hallelujiah!

3.  Better food: The minister got it right when he said that people expected better food while travelling on Indian Railways. Reputed catering agencies will be recruited through a global tender to run the kitchens in pantry cars of trains and kitchens at major stations that cater to the trains. The pilot project is to be launched on 26 premium trains, the minister said. The Railways will also have a book-a-meal scheme to allow commuters to book their choice of meals before they board they train.

4. Passenger amenities: For a change the railways seem to want to pamper its customers. Escalators at major stations, upgraded facilities at multiple stations, air conditioned executive lounges with wi-fi, SMS to be used as proof of identity while booking e-tickets and booking your meals through email or SMS. Now to hopefully have them implemented soon.

5. Train coaches and stations that are differently abled friendly: The minister has proposed special coaches for the differently abled that will specially cater to passengers bound to wheelchairs. Every train will have one such coach which will have specially constructed toilets and two attendants. Similarly toilets on train stations will also be more usable for the differently abled. About time we say.

6.  Waitlisted? Get booked on an alternate train: The Railway Minister announced the introduction of an Alternate Train Accommodation System (ATAS) as a pilot project in order to accommodate wait-listed passenger on alternate trains instead of leaving them stranded.

7. Greater security: The RPF helpline is to be integrated with the passenger helpline that the Railways operate to allow passengers to contact security personnel in the event on emergency. Security systems are to be upgraded at 202 stations and police personnel escorting trains is also to be increased.

What did you like about the Railway Minister’s budget?

The Ajmer Pushkar Rail Link Opened

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The holy town of Pushkar became part of the railway map on Monday when the first train from Pushkar chugged on its way to Ajmer. Union Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi flagged off the train at a glittering ceremony attended by a huge gathering.

Addressing a meeting at the flagging off of the first train, Rajasthan’s chief minister Ashok Gehlot said that investments in Rajasthan will increase as there is a network of roads and railways even to remote places.

The 10-coach train, which will run all days except Tuesdays and Fridays, will start off from  Ajmer  at 9.15 am and reach Pushkar at 10.40 am and return at 3.40 pm to reach  Ajmer  at 5 pm. A meagre fare of Rs. 5/- will be charged from each passenger of the train, less than half of what is being charged by buses for the same distance.

This will change the image of Rajasthan as proper infrastructure is coming up here.

Union minister of state for IT and communications Sachin Pilot requested the railway minister to provide new trains in the route.