Good news for wait-list passengers! Railways may provide alternative trains

New Delhi: Railway passengers often have to cancel their train tickets at the last minute if they fail to get ticket confirmation. However, the wait-list passengers might soon see an end to their worries as per a report by a national daily.

The Times of India has reported that Indian Railways is contemplating a back up train for those passengers on wait-list who still want to travel on the same day to the same destination. Railways may provide accommodation in other trains running on the “same route, on the same ticket”, the paper said.

The newspaper, quoting, additional director general of the Railway Board, Anil Kumar Saxena, said that a proposal on the same has been made and is “at the initial stage”.

It may be recalled that IRCTC had in June come up with a scheme by offering passengers who fail to get their waitlisted ticket confirmed an option to convert it into an airline ticket at a competitive fare.

The Railway PSU tied-up with budget carrier GoAir and have sold about 100 tickets through this scheme.

However, the scheme applies to tickets booked at least three days prior to the date of the journey. The flight tickets would be made available only for the day of the train journey or a day after that. IRCTC would be sending e-mails to waitlisted passengers who seek to avail the benefit under the scheme.

Passengers booking train tickets right from sleeper class to AC classes can avail the facility.

The airlines would be placing their unsold tickets with IRCTC, a move that not only promises a boon for the domestic carriers but an added option for the passengers in reaching their destination without having to abort their trip.