You can now view reservation chart and vacant berths online, says the Railway Minister
In his continued efforts to enhance the train travel experience in India, Railway Minister said that the passengers can now view the reservation chart and vacant berths online, prior to their travel. This new facility was launched by Minister of Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal on Wednesday, 27th February 2019.
Other persons present during this launch included Chairman of Railway Board, VK Yadav, Member Traffic, Railway Board, Girish Pillai, Railway Board Members, and other senior railway officials. Goyal added: "It is another step to introduce transparency in the system and to add comfort to the travel experience of the passengers."
This new feature is set to help passenger view the vacant berths in the train after the chart is prepared. The new interface will give a graphical representation of the various coaches of the train and berth-wise accommodation status. This information can be accessed on the Indian Rail Catering and Tourism Corp (IRCTC) website.
The availability of the vacant seats will be available based on the information as per the ‘First Chart’ of the train which is prepared 4 hours before the scheduled departure of the train. If the ‘Second Chart’ is also prepared (which is prepared 30 minutes before the scheduled departure of the train), the details of the vacant seat as per the second chart will also be displayed.
Within the next 20 days, all the passengers travelling across all Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains can make use of this feature.
How to use this feature:
Visit www.irctc.co.in to make use of this unique feature. A new option “CHARTS / VACANCY” will now be available on the homepage. Add details like train number, journey date and boarding station to view class-wise and coach-wise berths that are vacant. The seating layout will be seen in different colours and the seats will be displayed as booked, vacant and partially booked.
TripHobo's Take - One must admit that with all the new online features being introduced, Indian Railways is truly living by Digital Bharat!