Clarification regarding news being published about Waiting list for trains from 2024

IAS Prelims 2023

Various newspapers and online publications have given wide coverage to draft National Rail Plan.

Some of the news reports appear to suggest that Railways has said that there would be No waiting list with effect from 2024 or only confirmed tickets would be available by 2024.

Railways would like to explain and clarify that efforts are being made to increase the capacity to make trains available on demand. This would reduce the possibility of passengers getting waitlisted. Wait list is a provision that remains whenever the demand for travelers in a given train is more than number of berths or seats available . The provision is not being done away “Waitlist” is a provision which act as a buffer to mitigate the fluctuations in demand and availability.



    Source PIB