Indian Railways to provide confirmed seat by 2020

Photo of Indian passengers booking their tickets at Railway counter.

New Delhi: Indian Railways is gearing up to provide its passengers confirmed seats in trains on demand by 2020, to meet the growing demand of passengers especially during vacations.

Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said here today, “We want to make network in such a way that people should get reservation on demand by 2020. It is not possible in a day.”

The waiting list of passengers’ is currently long as there is a wide gap between the availability of berths and number of passengers. Besides railways is facing heavy congestion in main trunk routes as 12,000 trains are run on 66,000 km route daily across the country.

Speaking on the sidelines of a function, Sinha said there is a huge gap between passenger requirement and the existing infrastructure.

Defending the flexi-fare system in Premier Service, he said, “Flexi plan has been implemented in 77 trains. Those who are affected from this scheme are less than 0.2 per cent.