RAIL CROWD DURING FESTIVAL DAYS (Contd. from 9th jan 2010 : festivals & school holidays,
There were Good suggestions as well as Brick Bats . Some suggestions like
-Ticket booking is available 120 days in advance , so every passenger can plan his /her holiday 4 months in advance to book tickets . - Next there are holiday special trains during Festival holidays . - Shortage of trains and compartments .
* Facility to book 120 days in advance : We have heard of all confirmed tickets being sold out on the very first day of reservation to very popular destinations during Festival days. To other places within the first week only RAC & W.L. tickets are offered . That is when the passengers have to compete with the Agents and the malpractices as well. Festival Crowd and Holiday Crowd is not a new phenomenon in India .It has been there for quite some time and particularly the last 10/ 15 years . Work spot being away from home town people like to go home , or visit Holiday spots with Family and children and so on are the reasons . The most pathetic to see are the way MIGRANT LABOURERS travel in the toilets, literally hanging squatting all the way to long distances . It is discomfort for them is one issue ; the other and concerning one is for the legitimate passengers with reserved tickets are also made to suffer with the passengers with unreserved tickets .
SOLUTION : The trend of demand is known within the first 5 days . So the administration has 115 days to plan how best to Bridge the gap between the Demand supply . [Railways has 63,000 coaches as of 2018 – 1,000 coaches are phased out and 3,000 coaches are added year after year from I.C.F. Chennai & R.C.F. Kapurthala ] So 3,000 Coaches are added year after year to this 63,000.
SO THE ADMINISTRATION HAS TO PLAN MORE COACHES OF SITTING , RESERVED SITTING AND SLEEPER CLASS DURING FESTIVALS TO MEET THE EXTRA DEMAND .
ADMINISTRATION HAS TO OFFER COMFORTABLE JOURNEY TO THE LEGITIMATE TICKET HOLDERS LIKE YOU AND ME . PASSENGERS WITHOUT CONFIRMED RESERVATION SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWED INTO RESERVED COMPARTMENT .
* Long List of Holiday Specials are announced : No doubt I did see the list of Holiday specials from various Zonal railways posted by a fellow member . They are announced quite late ,it is too late by then for the good planners like you and me who missed on the first or the first of 5 days .
SOLUTION :THE HOLIDAY SPECIALS SHOULD BE ANNOUNCED AS AND WHEN THE BOOKINGS GET FILLED IN REGULAR TRAINS . TICKET BOOKINGS SHOULD OPEN WELL IN ADVANCE .
The data regarding the Gap between the DEMAND AND SUPPLY can be culled out from Ticket booking History . I AM SURE THE RAILWAYS IS INTERESTED AT LEAST IN BREAKING EVEN .AND KEEPING THE WORKING RATIO DOWN. more
More number of Super fast trains should be introduced with limited stoppage. You may observe that slow trains with more stoppage are less crowded than super fast trains with less stoppage.
Fast passenger trains should run in between two Rly. HQs. more
Major Railway stations may accommodate but not ALL THE WAYSIDE STATIONS .The passengers from coaches that stops out of the platform will find it extremely difficult to entrain or detrain (entrain they will do some how , but detrain will complain).
TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM THE RAILWAYS CAN RESERVE THE LAST COACHES ONLY FOR PASSENGERS FROM START TO END STATIONS MAKING SURE ALL WILL BE ABLE TO GET UP & DOWN IN THE PLATFORM. more