Indian Railways New Vikalp Scheme
To attract people towards online transactions, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu has unveiled Indian Railways New Vikalp Scheme. The Indian Railway has announces a news for passengers, who books online tickets and get listed in waiting passengers. The Indian Railways will roll out a new Vikalp scheme on April 1, in which wait-listed passengers can get an option to travel by any another train, including in premium trains like Shatabdi and Rajdhani with confirmed berth for waitlisted passenger at no extra cost from passengers.
Accommodation in another train will be provided to individuals who book tickets through online mode and choose for the Vikalp scheme. After the charts for their current train are prepared, personals can opt this service, Vikalp scheme will be available for only e-tickets service holder individuals. If any passenger does not wish to travel with alternative train hefty cancellation charges will apply. There will be no refunding once the charts are prepared, and 50% of the cost of the ticket is deducted if one cancels between 12 and four hours before departure of train.
A senior Railway Ministry official said, “We aim to achieve the twin objectives of providing confirmed accommodation to waitlisted passengers and ensure optimal utilization of available accommodation by this scheme.”
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Alternate Train accommodation scheme (ATAS), was started on trial basis for the past six months in November 2016. Vikalp Scheme was launched in the Delhi-Lucknow and Delhi-Jammu sectors. It is expected that utilizing the vacant berths in premier trains in all major routes, the vacancy of berths in trains is around 12%, according to The Indian Express.
Alternate train accommodation scheme (ATAS), is a win-win for the Railways financially as Indian Railways will utilize the vacancy of berths in trains. Vikalp Scheme is introduced to force passengers to not cancel their tickets and seek refunds even when the chances of their waitlisted ticket getting confirmed are slim. A Rail Bhavan official told The Indian Express that the Railways spend about Rs 3,500 crore yearly on refunds.
So think once, if you book ticket through online it will benefit you as well as your nation. Amount which was spending out earlier will now can be used to make our country best from better. Go more towards online transactions and help our nation to grow more rapidly. Online transaction is safer as well as easier for our country as well as for personals of our nation.
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