New Delhi: The Indian Railways is now going to introduce a new system in the online booking structure for the passengers. In this new format the passengers will be able to book seats of their own choice.
The main goal of this system is to make the reservation process transparent and easier, thus helping travelers make an informed choice of their berths, said a railway official.
The structure is having colour codes where booked and un-booked seats will be displayed in different shades of color, and while booking there will not be any extra charges for selecting the preferred seats and no premium will be attached to it.
This system will help the senior citizens and women passengers chose the seat of their preference. The Railways already have a policy of seat allotment for elderly in lower berth by default. But at times, there has been complaints when they have been allotted middle and upper berths as well.
The Centre for Railway Information Systems is giving shape to the proposal, whose rollout could be announced during the presentation of the Union Budget in February.
Currently, the computerised Passenger Reservation System (PRS) allots seats on the first come, first served basis till the availability and thereafter Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC) or Waiting List tickets are issued. The RAC or Waiting List tickets gets automatically updated against the cancellation of confirmed seats and also against release of unutilised reservation quotas.
As per an estimate, more than 13 lakh online tickets are booked through IRCTC portal – www.irctc.co.in – the e-ticketing outlet of the national carrier.