The Indian Railways on Tuesday decided to restore the earlier system of preparation of second reservation charts 30 minutes before the scheduled departure of trains.
This means, from October 10, the second reservation chart or second reservation list of the railways will be prepared 30 minutes before the scheduled/rescheduled time of departure of the train.
Accordingly, ticket booking facility, both online and on PRS ticket counters, shall be available, before the preparation of the second chart.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, instructions were issued on May 11, 2020, to modify the time of preparation of the second reservation chart to 2 hours before the scheduled/rescheduled time of departure of trains.
But the railways has again changed the rules by making the second reservation chart 30 minutes before the train departure time. CRIS will make necessary modifications in the software accordingly so as to restore this provision w.e.f. October 10, 2020.
What is the rule regarding the reservation list?
The first reservation chart was prepared at least four hours before the scheduled departure of trains.
Thereafter, the available accommodation could be booked across PRS counters as well as through the internet on a first-come-first-serve basis until the preparation of second reservation charts.
Second reservation charts were prepared between 30 minutes to 5 minutes before the scheduled/rescheduled time of departure of trains. Cancellation of already booked tickets was also permitted during this period as per the provisions of Refund Rules.
The Railways had suspended all passenger trains services due to the nationwide lockdown from March 25.
However, it resumed services in a staggered manner beginning with Shramik Special trains to help stranded migrant workers reach their home states from May 1.