Indian Railways Vikalp: Alternative Train Accommodation System


Oct 29, 2004
Reserved berths for all train travellers: Prabhu to announce grand scheme today

Called the “Vikalp” or the alternative train accommodation system (ATAS), the scheme aims to provide reserved berths to wait-listed passengers in an alternative train running on the same route within 12 hours, without any difference of fare or extra charges.
But there is a caveat to the plan: Alternative berths will depend on the availability of vacant seats in another train.
The scheme has another flaw. A waitlisted passenger on the Delhi-Howrah Duronto (journey time of 17.15 hours), for instance, might end up spending 41 hours for the same journey in case of finding an alternative berth on the Delhi-Sealdah Express.