Passengers travelling in Indian trains can now sleep only between 10 PM to 6 AM
The Indian Railways has decided to put an end to the undecided long sleeping hours on the train have cut it short to only 8 hours. In a recently issued circular, the passengers in reserved coaches can now only sleep between 10 PM and 6 AM.
This move is done to allow other passengers to sit for the rest of the time, especially those who board the train during odd hours.
Prior to the circular, the sleeping time for passengers was 9 PM to 6 AM. “Sleeping accommodation between 2200 hours and 0600 hours and sitting accommodation for the rest of the period is provided for the passengers in the reserved coaches having sleeping accommodation,” said the circular, dated August 31st.
As a matter of fact, it does serve certain passengers differently, making an exception - “Passengers are, however, requested to cooperate with the sick, persons with disability, and pregnant ladies in case they want to sleep beyond permissible limits,” it says.
“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,” said Ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena.
This rule will be applicable to everyone in the reserved coaches.
Passengers in reserved coaches can now only sleep between 10 PM and 6 AM.