1. Indian Railways wait list: Alternate train accommodation scheme to meet festive rush

Indian Railways wait list: Alternate train accommodation scheme to meet festive rush

Ahead of the festive season rush, Railways will roll out a scheme enabling waitlisted passengers booking online get a confirmed berth in the next train plying on the same route, subject to availability.

By: | Published: October 15, 2015 11:59 PM

Ahead of the festive season rush, Indian Railways will roll out a scheme enabling waitlisted passengers booking online get a confirmed berth in the next train plying on the same route, subject to availability.

The allotment of berth in an alternate train would be available within 12 hours from the scheduled departure of the original train.

Passengers who opt for the scheme at the time of reservation would be considered for allotment of berth in the alternate train should their status remain waitlisted after the final chart is prepared.

Indian Railways has, however, made it clear that opting for the scheme would not ensure confirmed berth in the alternate train. “It is subject to train and berth availability,” it said.

The ‘Alternate Train Accommodation Scheme’ christened as ‘Vikalp’ would be launched on November 1 as a pilot project in Northern Railway for six months on the Delhi-Lucknow and Delhi-Jammu sectors.

“Based on the feedback, the scheme may be provided through the counters and also on other sectors,” a Railway statement said.

“No extra charges shall be taken from passenger or any refund shall be provided for difference of fare,” it added.

The allotment of berth would be informed through SMS and can be checked from the enquiry counters or by dialing 139.

According to the statement, either all passengers of a PNR or none will be transferred to alternate train in same class.

To make the online interface more friendly, Railways would also launch a ‘travel planner on the same day’, helping passengers get information about the berths availability in multiple trains on a single click of the mouse.

Indian Railways officials said the initiatives are aimed to provide confirmed accommodation to waitlisted passengers and also to ensure optimal utilisation of available accommodation.

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    S.Mishra
    Oct 26, 2015 at 11:02 am
    This ‘Alternative Train Accommodation Scheme i.e. Vikalp’ scheme is based on Sri Abhyuday’s, PhD scholar IIT Kharagpur, novel research paper led ‘Route Oriented Waiting List Penger Management in Indian Railways’ which had been presented at Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur on Research Scholar Day on 24.7.2012. Later this concept of facilitating waiting list pengers to alternative train having same O-D pair (origin-destination) was reviewed by an International Scientific Committee of International ociation of Railway Operation Research (IAROR) on 16.10.12 with remarks “It is an interesting problem, and may be interesting to other countries as well Very important topic for some Asian railway operators, where high captive public transport demand structurally and/or seasonally exceeds transport capacity. New approach to manage the constraints of existing ticket reservation/booking systems.” Later this novel research (co-author Dr. K. K. Guin & Dr. A Sarkar) has been presented by Sri Abhyuday (Mob: 9771462414) at Denmark Technical University, Denmark in an international conference “Rail Copenhagen 2013” on 15 May, 2013. This proposed global waiting list (GWL) model has been validated taking data of 07 routes of Indian railways network including Delhi-Lucknow, Delhi-Amritsar. It is a matter of pride for IIT Kharagpur as well as Indian Railway Insute of Mechanical And Electrical Engineering, Jamalpur as their researcher’s work has been translated (in ) into industrial use.
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      S.Mishra
      Oct 26, 2015 at 9:26 am
      This ‘Alternative Train Accommodation Scheme i.e. Vikalp’ scheme is based on Sri Abhyuday’s, PhD scholar IIT Kharagpur, novel research paper led ‘Route Oriented Waiting List Penger Management in Indian Railways’ which had been presented at Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur on Research Scholar Day on 24.7.2012. Later this concept of facilitating waiting list pengers to alternative train having same O-D pair (origin-destination) was reviewed by an International Scientific Committee of International ociation of Railway Operation Research (IAROR) on 16.10.12 with remarks “It is an interesting problem, and may be interesting to other countries as well Very important topic for some Asian railway operators, where high captive public transport demand structurally and/or seasonally exceeds transport capacity. New approach to manage the constraints of existing ticket reservation/booking systems.” Later this novel research (co-author Dr. K. K. Guin & Dr. A Sarkar) has been presented by Sri Abhyuday (Mob: 9771462414) at Denmark Technical University, Denmark in an international conference “Rail Copenhagen 2013” on 15 May, 2013. This proposed global waiting list (GWL) model has been validated taking data of 07 routes of Indian railways network including Delhi-Lucknow, Delhi-Amritsar. It is a matter of pride for IIT Kharagpur as well as Indian Railway Insute of Mechanical And Electrical Engineering, Jamalpur as their researcher’s work has been translated (in ) into industrial use.
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        Shalini
        Oct 20, 2015 at 12:52 pm
        This ‘Alternative Train Accommodation Scheme i.e. Vikalp’ scheme is based on Sri Abhyuday’s, PhD scholar IIT Kharagpur, novel research paper led ‘Route Oriented Waiting List Penger Management in Indian Railways’ which had been presented at Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur on Research Scholar Day on 24.7.2012. Later this concept of facilitating waiting list pengers to alternative train having same O-D pair (origin-destination) was reviewed by an International Scientific Committee of International ociation of Railway Operation Research (IAROR) on 16.10.12 with remarks “It is an interesting problem, and may be interesting to other countries as well Very important topic for some Asian railway operators, where high captive public transport demand structurally and/or seasonally exceeds transport capacity. New approach to manage the constraints of existing ticket reservation/booking systems.” Later this novel research (co-author Dr. K. K. Guin & Dr. A Sarkar) has been presented by Sri Abhyuday at Denmark Technical University, Denmark in an international conference “Rail Copenhagen 2013” on 15 May, 2013. This proposed global waiting list (GWL) model has been validated taking data of 07 routes of Indian railways network including Delhi-Lucknow, Delhi-Amritsar etc. It is a matter of pride for IIT Kharagpur as well as Indian Railway Insute of Mechanical And Electrical Engineering, Jamalpur as their researcher’s work has been translated in industrial use.
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          Shalini
          Oct 20, 2015 at 12:54 pm
          This ‘Alternative Train Accommodation Scheme i.e. Vikalp’ scheme is based on Sri Abhyuday’s, PhD scholar IIT Kharagpur, novel research paper led ‘Route Oriented Waiting List Penger Management in Indian Railways’ which had been presented at Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur on Research Scholar Day on 24.7.2012. Later this concept of facilitating waiting list pengers to alternative train having same O-D pair (origin-destination) was reviewed by an International Scientific Committee of International ociation of Railway Operation Research (IAROR) on 16.10.12 with remarks “It is an interesting problem, and may be interesting to other countries as well Very important topic for some Asian railway operators, where high captive public transport demand structurally and/or seasonally exceeds transport capacity. New approach to manage the constraints of existing ticket reservation/booking systems.” Later this novel research (co-author Dr. K. K. Guin & Dr. A Sarkar) has been presented by Sri Abhyuday at Denmark Technical University, Denmark in an international conference “Rail Copenhagen 2013” on 15 May, 2013. This proposed global waiting list (GWL) model has been validated taking data of 07 routes of Indian railways network including Delhi-Lucknow, Delhi-Amritsar etc. It is a matter of pride for IIT Kharagpur as well as Indian Railway Insute of Mechanical And Electrical Engineering, Jamalpur as their researcher’s work has been translated in industrial use.
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            Shalini
            Oct 20, 2015 at 2:06 pm
            This ‘Alternative Train Accommodation Scheme i.e. Vikalp’ scheme is based on Sri Abhyuday’s, PhD scholar IIT Kharagpur, novel research paper led ‘Route Oriented Waiting List Penger Management in Indian Railways’ which had been presented at Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur on Research Scholar Day on 24.7.2012. Later this concept of facilitating waiting list pengers to alternative train having same O-D pair (origin-destination) was reviewed by an International Scientific Committee of International ociation of Railway Operation Research (IAROR) on 16.10.12 with remarks “It is an interesting problem, and may be interesting to other countries as well Very important topic for some Asian railway operators, where high captive public transport demand structurally and/or seasonally exceeds transport capacity. New approach to manage the constraints of existing ticket reservation/booking systems.” Later this novel research (co-author Dr. K. K. Guin & Dr. A Sarkar) has been presented by Sri Abhyuday at Denmark Technical University, Denmark in an international conference “Rail Copenhagen 2013” on 15 May, 2013. This proposed global waiting list (GWL) model has been validated taking data of 07 routes of Indian railways network including Delhi-Lucknow, Delhi-Amritsar, Delhi-Patna, Delhi-Bhopal, Howrah-New Jalpaiguri and Secunderabad-Vijayawada. It is a matter of pride for IIT Kharagpur as well as Indian Railway Insute of Mechanical And Electrical Engineering, Jamalpur as their researcher’s work has been translated in industrial use.
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