The Indian Railways is all set to launch alternative train accommodation scheme, ‘Vikalp’, from April 1. Under this, waitlisted passengers if they opt for the scheme can get confirmed tickets in the next alternative train.
Launched as a pilot project in November last for six months on the busy Delhi-Lucknow and Delhi-Jammu sectors, the scheme aims to make use of vacant berths in Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto among other trains.
The required software for over the counter sale of tickets is being readied. At present, the scheme is available for online ticketing.
What’s more under the scheme, no refund will be allowed once the chart is prepared. Cancellation of confirmed tickets will invite heavy deductions.
The railways by launching the scheme aim to beat festive rush when demand is at a peak. Passengers if they don’t like the alternative on offer, can cancel their tickets.
Under this scheme, fully waitlisted passengers in case they get berths in alternative trains need not provide the difference of fare nor any refund will be provided.