Indian Railways are trying to make our train bookings a little hassle-free. From November 12, you can book a railway ticket 30 minutes prior to the departure of a train.
According to the revised rules, the bookings will be allowed on the internet as well as at reservation counters for a particular train, subject to availability of berths, even after the preparation of first reservation chart.
Railways have also made changes in its system of preparation of chart, which would now be prepared twice.
First reservation chart would be prepared four hours prior to departure of a train in order to facilitate passengers to know the status of their ticket and plan their journey well in time, while second and final one, 30 minutes before the train departs and would be handed over to onboard ticket checking staff., said a senior Railway official.
This is a significant move to provide additional booking facilities enabling passengers to buy tickets even after the preparation of reservation charts.