Pongal rail tickets sold out in minutes- The New Indian Express

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By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Sleeper class railway tickets had been sold out inside a couple of minutes for all congested routes, together with Chennai – Madurai, Chennai – Tirunelveli, Chennai – Coimbatore and Chennai- Thanjavur when advance reservation for journey on January 11 for Pongal subsequent 12 months started on Thursday. As quickly as reserving commenced at eight am, tickets had been sold out in lower than 5 minutes and plenty of passengers had been in a position to get solely wait-listed tickets.

The railways offers an advance reservation interval of 120 days. The reservation for journey on January 12 will open on Friday (September 14), whereas for January 13, Bogi competition date, passengers can reserve tickets from Saturday (September 15).

Interestingly, not like earlier years, passengers not make an extended queue in entrance of  reservation counters for ticket bookings. Reservation for prepare tickets commences at eight am via web and reservation counters.

“The sleeper class waiting list for January 12 and 13 this year exceeded 800 in many trains including Pandiyan, Nellai and Kanniyakumari expresses. Since a large section of passengers migrated for online booking, the crowd at ticket counters, has come down by half. Passengers can use the mobile app for booking,” stated a railway official.

Besides, provisioning for ticket reserving, Indian railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has upgraded its web site to forecast affirmation likelihood to passengers holding wait-listed and RAC tickets.

“While we could not get chances of getting confirmation while booking tickets at counters, the probability option has helped to book tickets in alternative trains thereby giving us more options,” stated Okay Rajendran of Tambaram.

A senior railway official stated relying on the demand, railways would function particular fare and Suvidha trains for Pongal competition.

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