Senior citizens, women above 45 years and pregnant women travelling alone can now book four lower berths in a sleeper coach. Until now, they were allowed to book only two lower berths per coach in sleeper, 3AC and 2AC classes. No change has been made in the number of lower berths earmarked in 3AC and 2AC classes.
Passengers used to complain that if two senior citizens (husband and wife) wanted to book lower berths under this quota, they were denied the facility since they were deemed as travelling “together and not alone”. Passengers were demanding that the facility be given even when they were travelling together.
The quota would be available only to passengers when both of them meet one of the criterion. Also, passengers travelling in combination like senior citizen with a woman above 45 years or who is pregnant would be eligible for the booking facility.