For making train journey convenient, the railway ministry issues new rules and offer new facilities. Recently the railway board has issued a new order. As the quarrel between passengers in reserved train compartments due to oversleeping passengers on different berths are quite common so railway ministry has taken decision to put an end to such quarrels. The railways has decided to reduce official sleeping hours by an hour. At present, passengers are permitted to sleep between 9pm and 6am.
As per the latest circular issued by the railway board, the passengers in the reserved coaches can only sleep between 10 pm and 6 am to allow others to sit on the seats for the rest of the time.
The circular, however, makes an exception for sick people, persons with disability, and pregnant women.
Railway ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena told PTI: “We had received feedback from officials regarding issues between passengers over sleeping arrangements. We already have a rule in place. However, we wanted to clarify it and ensure it is followed.”
Upper-berth passengers have often complained that they are allowed very little time to eat their meals because lower-berth passengers tend to go to sleep immediately after boarding the train. Problems also arise when passengers on the middle berths refuse to get up so that those on the lower berths could sit comfortably said officials.
Ministry officials said the new directive will help the travelling ticket examiner to resolve disputes by preventing passengers from taking catnaps beyond the permissible time.