Tto enhance Senior Citizen lower berth quota to six lower berths per coach in Sleeper class and three lower berths per coach in 3AC and 2AC classes.
Minister Suresh Prabhu has announced in the budget so it was done accordingly,” Railway Board Member (Traffic) Mohd Jamshed said here.
This concept was introduced in 2007 vide Commercial Circular No. 40 of 2007 dated 18.04.2007.
A combined reservation quota of two lower berths per coach in Sleeper, AC3 tier and AC2 tier classes was earmarked for the following category of passengers when travelling alone:
a) Senior Citizens
b) Female Passengers 45 years of age and above; and
c) Pregnant women
In 2015, the existing quota of two lower berths per coach in Sleeper class was enhanced to four lower berths per coach. (Commercial Circular No. 15 of 2015 dated 13.03.2015)
The condition of providing this quota only when travelling alone was relaxed vide Commercial Circular No. 51 of 2015 dated 31.08.2015 and now the facility of booking ticket under this quota is available even when in a single application two passengers are in combination of Senior Citizens/Female Passengers above the age of 45/Pregnant women.
It has now been decided to enhance this quota to six lower berths per coach in Sleeper class and three lower berths per coach in 3AC and 2AC classes.
It has also been decided that in Rajdhani, Duronto and fully AC Express trains, this quota in 3AC class will be four lower berths per coach as against three lower berths per coach in case of normal Mail/Express trains.
The enhanced quota decision will come into effect from April 1 this year.