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Posted: Mar 27 2016 (22:57)

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Mar 25 2016 (08:01)   Seniors hail move to increase lower berths

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Passengers have welcomed the move of the Railway Ministry to increase the number of lower berths allotted in long-distance trains to senior citizens and women.
Six lower berths in sleeper and three in air-conditioned coaches have been reserved for senior citizens, pregnant women and women over 45 years old who are travelling alone. So far, it was four lower berths in sleeper and two in air-conditioned compartments.
The Ministry’s notification, sources said, would mean that nearly 100 berths would be reserved for them in trains with 13 sleeper and 6 air-conditioned compartments.
decision is bound to bring cheer to several thousand elderly and also pregnant women who travel in overnight trains every day. R. Sugantha, (85) recalled how upset she was when she did not get a lower berth recently. A relative of Ms. Sugantha booked tickets for a group of elderly passengers from Dindigul to Chennai in an express train scheduled to leave on July 8. They booked the tickets well in advance — in the first week of March.
“Apart from Ms. Sugantha, there are three senior citizens in the group of 6 passengers. But we did not get lower berths,” they said and hoped the new move would benefit the elderly.
“Some passengers give their lower berths to pregnant women, but many are reluctant to exchange it for senior citizens. It is very difficult for the elderly to get into the middle and upper berths and we welcome the notification,” R. A. Mukunthan of Paranur — Perungalathur Rail Commuters Association.
Over 100 berths would be reserved for the elderly, pregnant women and women travelling alone

Mar 27 2016 (22:57)
srinivasvasanthi~   3960 blog posts   13 correct pred (50% accurate)
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Welcome this friendly moves for the senior citizens. Moreover the children aged 5to 12 also considered in allotment of lower berth.

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