Mumbai: Those who follow Railway Ministry’s social media handles will agree that after Suresh Prabhu has handled Railway Ministry, Indian Railways are on its high action mode. Be it the help to a mother who needed milk for her child or girl asking for help on Twitter against Molesters on a running train, Railway Ministry has been found in Action Mode always. The recent action by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu for its passengers is the introduction of ‘Vikalp’ or ‘Alternate Train Accommodation System’. The aim of bringing ‘Vikalp’ for passengers of India’s largest transporter is to give a convenient experience to railway passengers and utilise vacant berths in premiere trains. We bring you some of the Interesting facts about Railway Ministry’s ‘Vikalp’ scheme.
The ‘Vikalp’ or ATAS is only applicable on tickets booked via IRCTC’ website.
Under the ‘Vikalp’ or ‘ATAS’ scheme, waitlisted passengers of Indian Railways will be accommodated in the next available train to the same destination. The accommodation to the next available train is subject to seat availability.
Even if a passenger who has booked the ticket in any other mail or express train, will be availed with the option to travel in the premium trains without any extra fare or extra cost.
Passengers who opt-in for Vikalp option at the time of ticket booking will be notified via SMS alert on the registered mobile number with their berth confirmation in the alternate train.
If you don’t like the alternate train, you may cancel the ticket and it will be treated as cancellation of a fully confirmed ticket.
Indian Railways has decided to sacrifice around INR 7500 Crore/year in refund to the passengers for the cancellation of tickets for various reasons.
The passenger who has nodded yes to the Vikalp option cannot board the original train for which he/she was waitlisted.