An eye-popping study about Indian Railways reveals that as many as 10,00,000 Indians who want to travel and are willing to pay good money for tickets are denied the opportunity due to its inability to meet the huge demand
An eye-popping study about Indian Railways reveals that as many as 10,00,000 Indians who want to travel and are willing to pay good money for tickets are denied the opportunity due to its inability to meet the huge demand, leaving them frustrated and most importantly unable to get to where they were intending to go. How much this hurts Railways revenues can well be imagined too! This unavailability of tickets hurts not just personal plans, but also prevents business being transacted as most executives are bound to the Railways for their travel plans. Railways tickets are booked at irctc.co.in and indianrailways.gov.in is the official website.
Though the demand-supply gap on long-distance Indian Railways trains is a known fact, the scale was never quantified, according to RailYatri.in portal, which carried out the study. The study was carried out over a period of 9 months, in which it tracked Indian Railways train ticket bookings, which revealed that there were as many as 10-12 lakh potential travellers per day who were denied the opportunity to get a confirmed ticket. These were potential travellers whose wait-listed tickets did not get confirmed.
The humongous numbers translate to nearly 13 per cent of long-distance train travellers daily, and during holidays and festivals (peak travel seasons) this soars as high as 19 percent.
The study revealed that the data spanned the travel plans of over 3 million travellers from over 3,100 railway stations wanting to buy tickets in some 2,800 long-distance trains.
RailYatri.in CEO, Manish Rathi revealed that one solution would be to add more services, but this would need hundreds of trains to be added daily, which would in turn overload the already busy rail network. He added, “The ability for people to travel in an unconstrained manner is an essential spoke in the wheel of any nation’s economy”.
RailYatri.in study revealed that the railway stations which were most affected included Anand Vihar Terminus, Delhi (43 pct), Jammu Tawi (38 pct), Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai (33 pct), Howrah Junction, Kolkata (28 pct), Bangalore City Junction and Haridwar Junction (both 21 pct), Pune Junction and Guwahati (20 pct), Chennai Central and Gorakhpur Junction (19 pct), Amritsar Junction, Lucknow and Secunderabad Junction (18 pct), Ahmedabad Junction and Jaipur (17 pct), Patna Junction (12 pct).