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Blog Entry# 2054862  
Posted: Nov 10 2016 (14:21)

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Last Response: Nov 11 2016 (12:39)
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Nov 10 2016 (13:25)   Commuters welcome increase in RAC quota

Jayashree   36962 news posts
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NASHIK: The Indian Railways' move to increase Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC) quota in coaches has been partially welcomed by commuters saying this will help people travel comfortably at the cost of other passengers.
"It is good that RAC quota of coaches is being increased. This will help more number of passengers travel in reserved compartments - though the commuter may not be able to sleep in the sleeper coach. But, the Railways needs to decide upon the arrangement seriously and should instead make some additional arrangements," said Rajesh Fokne a member of Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee (DRUCC).
Railways has decided to increase the quota of RAC for every compartment from the current eight passengers on four side-berths to 18 passengers on nine side-berths.
People, who booked their tickets manually across the passenger reservation system (PRS) and would get waiting list ticket, had a chance of getting into the train and travel in the reservation compartment till they were caught by the train ticket examiner.
However, for online bookings, if the ticket did not enter the RAC zone, it automatically got cancelled and the money was transferred to the bank account of the person. This means the person is technically without ticket.
"At the last minute, one was forced to buy an ordinary ticket and hop in a general coach, undertaking gruelling journey of 12 hours. The new decision will definitely help us as we already have lesser number of trains on this route," said Ramaskrishnan Iyer, who often travels to Kerala by Mangala Express.
Kishore Nerurkar, another passenger travelling to Ratnagiri, said, "It would be better if the Railways extend the existing short distance trains or introduce new ones in the routes where there is huge demand."
A railway official, however, said there was no possibility of adding another train or rake as it is a decision taken by the Railway Board. "The routes are busy and no additional train can be added. Hence, the Railways decided to increase RAC quota. This is also a step to garner more revenue per train. More measures were likely to be introduced for this purpose in the future," he said.

1 posts - Thu Nov 10, 2016

Nov 10 2016 (15:55)
BJ~   2300 blog posts
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this should not be welcomed. if IR decideds that RAC passenger will have to pay 60% of the fare + charges for bed roll@ Rs. 25/- then decision should be welcomed.

Nov 10 2016 (16:06)
thewanderer*^   2141 blog posts   908 correct pred (79% accurate)
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days of travelling in 3rd and 2nd ac over .. now 1st ac and flights zindabad

Nov 11 2016 (06:54)
For Better Managed Indian Railways~   1933 blog posts
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Timing of this step (increasing number of RAC berths by IR) is a strong indication that the move is aimed at increasing revenue ans not facilitating paxs!

Nov 11 2016 (09:29)
BJ~   2300 blog posts
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and thats why Railway is loosing passengers continuously and yielding more loss than previous earned revenue.

Nov 11 2016 (12:39)
deepakyerr~   941 blog posts
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If this is the case then if u book the ticket in WL it I'll end up in RAC for sure. Ifs its day journey its OK but for night it I'll be inconvenient to co passengers and I'll be travelling at full cost with less comfort. Side berth are not convenient to sleep in sitting position like in buses.

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