Raising doubts over the utility of second reservation charts, a parliamentary panel on railways has suggested that the Indian Railways should review its policy in this regard. A second reservation chart will be prepared 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of the train.
However, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Railways said that there was no logic to booking tickets 30 minutes before the train’s departure when there are many Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC) or waiting ticket holders waiting for confirmation, reported Deccan Herald.
In the report, ‘Passengers Reservation System of Indian Railways’, the panel headed by BJP MP Radha Mohan Singh said that there was already the provision of Tatkal ticket booking for passengers travelling on short notices.
So, all the seats left vacant after the preparation of the first reservation list 4 to 5 hours prior to the scheduled departure should automatically be allotted to waitlisted or RAC ticket holders. This would allow the passengers to travel hassle-free on their planned schedule.