Every Waitlisted Passenger Will Get Confirmed Tickets With ‘Clone Trains’: How?
In a big move to help waitlisted passengers get confirmed berths in trains, Indian Railways has proposed the concept of ‘clone trains’.
With clone trains, every waitlisted passenger will be able to get confirmed tickets, with 100% assurance.
What exactly is the concept of clone trains, and how will it work?
Keep reading to find out more!
No More Waitlisting, Every One Will Get Confirmed Tickets
Waitlisted tickets often suck away the excitement from a train journey, and often forces the passengers to cancel all their plans.
With a waiting list tickets, the passenger is not able to get any berth, although they have paid full fare. The only option which remains for a waitlisted passenger is travel without any berth.
In Rajdhani, Shatabdi and other premium trains, such waitlisted passengers are not even allowed to enter the train.
But such things will be past now, as every passenger with a waitlisting ticket will be able to get a confirmed ticket now.
The solution is Clone Trains.
How Will Clone Trains Work?
During a press briefing, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav shared the concept of Clone Trains.
These will be trains with the same train number of that of the original train, but will run only in case of huge number of waitlisted passengers.
For example, there is a popular Shaabdi Express between Chennai and Bengaluru, with train number 12028/12027.
Now, incase there are lot many waitlisted passengers for this train, then a Clone Train will be arranged, with the same train numbers, and the same route, timing.
This Clone Train will accommodate all waitlisted passengers, and provide them with seats/berths.
VK Yadav said, “Wherever there is a demand for a particular train, wherever the waiting list is long, we will run a clone train ahead of the actual train, so that passengers can travel,”
However, as per the plan, the stoppages for this clone train will be less, and the passengers will be notified for the same.
Railways is anyways planning to scrap a lot of trains, and stoppages, to increase speed of the trains, and to reduce travel time.
This will pose a logistical challenge for the Railways, since running an additional train for the same route, that too in a short notice will be a mammoth task to manage.
Indian Railways has recently launched 80 new trains, which takes the total number of active trains to 300. Here is the full list.
We will keep you updated, as more details come in.