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Business News/ News / India/  Shashi Tharoor raises issue of waitlisted rail tickets, calls lopsided focus on Vande Bharat worrying
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Shashi Tharoor raises issue of waitlisted rail tickets, calls lopsided focus on Vande Bharat worrying

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has called for a confirmed railway berth to be a normal facility and not just a matter of luck

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.Premium
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.

NEW DELHI : In an effort to bring government’s attention to the matter of waitlisted rail tickets, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said a confirmed railway berth should no longer be merely about luck but a normal facility.

He has also called the lopsided focus on Vande Bharat worrying.

Citing a media report which in turn quoted an RTI reply, Tharoor said that more than 2.7 crore passengers could not travel by train in 2022-23 despite buying tickets because of being waitlisted.

According to a reply to an RTI plea filed by Madhya Pradesh-based activist Chandra Shekhar Gaur, the Railway Board in 2022-2023 logged 1.76 crore passenger name record (PNR) numbers, against which 2.72 crore passengers who were scheduled to travel, were automatically cancelled due to being waitlisted.

“When are the long waitlists in the Indian Railways going to end? With 2.7 crore waitlisted passengers denied a confirmed seat, the year registered the largest number of tickets that remained waitlisted before they were automatically cancelled," Tharoor said.

This has been the trend, with every year breaking the previous year's record, he said.

“Introduction of Vande Bharat is welcome but the lopsided focus on it is worrying. In our 75th year of Independence, a confirmed railway berth should no longer be merely about luck but a normal facility," the former Union minister said.

In 2021-2022, a total of 1.06 crore PNR numbers, against which 1.65 crore passengers were scheduled to travel, were automatically cancelled.

After cancellation of PNRs, the ticket fare is refunded to the passengers.

The inability to provide confirmed tickets to passengers has been a recurrent problem with the national transporter. 

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 30 May 2023, 07:04 PM IST
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