The Indian Railways is planning to put an end to pasting of the reservation charts on reserved coaches on the bogies of all trains at few selected stations.
The latest initiative by Railways to remove reservation charts will be applied at selected railway stations including Mumbai Central, Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Howrah, Sealdah and Chennai Central.
The Rail Ministry issued a circular to all Zonal Railways for taking up the necessary instructions to follow this rule with immediate effect. The new policy would be on a trial basis for the next 3 months. The concerned authorities will monitor the impact of this new rule and based on the results, they will think of scaling up this move.
The inspiration behind the latest move is the green initiative taken by SBC (South Western Railways’ Bengaluru Division). Starting 8th November, 2016, SBC stopped using pasting reservation charts on all trains, originating from Yeshwantpur and Bengaluru Railway stations. The move helped in saving INR 60 lakh which was spent on paper being used for printing these charts.
SBC’s Senior Divisional Commercial Manager Sridhar Murthy said, “The Division had been spending Rs. 21 lakh on paper and manpower on pasting charts. Also, paper can be saved contributing to the green initiative.”