One of the major system that is available for passengers to travel in trains comfortably is seat reservation. There is a system that is in force regarding the reservations made. Usually the reservation numbers overtake the available seating berths. But this condition prevails only at the originating stations.
In the subsequent stations and by the end of the journey, the railway officials observe that many berths are being remained vacant and unreserved. As per reports, there are about 3 lakh berths per year that go unutilized.
To overcome such situation, Indian Railways have announced a new system that provides complete reservations to the passengers, especially to those who catch the train in the mid stations. On the other hand the waiting list passengers forgot the facility of having their berth confirmed due to the present system.
Usually TTEs are appointed by the Railway department to facilitate the passengers with the berths that are being kept vacant due to various reasons. Especially, the system does not have control once a second reservation list is prepared.
With the introduction of the new facility, the Passenger Reservation System (PRS) will automatically allot the unutilized berths after the reservation chart preparation is closed by the system.
The waiting list passengers will get an SMS to the registered mobile number with the details like Berth number and coach number to facilitate them with the available berth after the train moves. This will in fact indirectly helpful in eradicating the PQ (Pooled Quota) allotted to the stations.
This latest policy announcement will get affected into course of action from the coming budget of 2016-17. There is also a proposal of providing 33 percent to women in the already existing reservation system. This will also come into force after the budget acceptance presented as general budget this year. All the said policies were confirmed by the Indian Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu.