Last-minute train travel made easy as unreserved coaches back | Nagpur News – Times of India

Nagpur: In a much-needed relief to travellers, nearly 25 reserved coaches of 112 passing and originating mail/express trains managed by the South East Central Railway (SECR) will be unreserved.
Of the 112 trains, 36 operate and terminate in SECR while 76 are passing trains. Earlier, these unreserved coaches were converted into reserved ones to avoid crowding in view of the Covid-19 restrictions. Only passengers having confirmed tickets could board these coaches.
SECR officials said, “Even as trains were restored with regular numbers, unreserved coaches were not restored. Though current tickets were available in MEMU-DEMU trains, the same facility was not available for mail/express trains from current booking counters.”
“Now, passengers planning a journey at the last-minute can buy tickets from unreserved ticket system (UTS) counters and travel in the unreserved coaches. In SECR, unreserved ticket facility has been restored with immediate effect in 16 trains,” said SECR officials.
Officials said unreserved coaches have also been attached to popular express trains like Howrah-CSMT Mail (12810), Secunderabad-Darbhanga (17007), and Howrah-CSMT Gitanjali, Hatia-Pune (22845) among other passenger trains.
However, other popular trains like Gondia-Kolhapur Maharashtra and Gondia-CSMT Vidarbha Express, CSMT-Howrah Mail, CSMT-Howrah, Ahmedabad-Howrah, LTT-Howrah, and several other trains will get unreserved coaches after June 29, 2022.
Central Railway divisional commercial manager (DCM) Vijay Thool said, “As per the Railway Board directions in February, unreserved coaches were to be restored after the 120 days’ reservation period. The last reservation date ends on June 29 and hence most of the trains will have unreserved coaches by this date.”
“In Central Railway, Nagpur division, unreserved coaches that were reserved owing to Covid-19 restrictions will be restored in at least 165 originating and passing trains,” Thool said.
Bharatiya Yatri Kendra (BYK) general secretary Basant Kumar Shukla said, “Better late than ever. It would have been beneficial had these coaches restored in the peak season. However, the railway administration should not turn the unreserved coaches into chicken coops by issuing more number of tickets than the seating capacity because Covid-19 has still not been completely knocked out.”

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