Indian Railways has recently implemented an important decision to enhance the convenience of disabled or physically challenged passengers. In recognition of their needs, the lower berth of train coaches will now be reserved exclusively for them.
With millions of people traveling by train on a daily basis, securing their preferred seat has become a priority for many. The lower berth or side lower berth is particularly favored by passengers. However, there might be limitations on booking these seats now, as Indian Railways has issued an order regarding their reservation. As per the order, the lower berth will be allocated to specific categories of individuals. Let’s take a look at who will be entitled to the lower seat in train coaches.
It’s important to note that this decision has been made to provide a more convenient travel experience for disabled or physically challenged passengers. Indian Railways has taken this significant step to ensure their comfort and accessibility during train journeys.
Special Seat Distribution for Disabled Passengers in Indian Railways
In line with the recent order from the Railway Board, specific seats have been designated for disabled passengers in different classes of train coaches. In sleeper class, two bottom and two middle seats, as well as two seats in third AC and two seats in AC3 economy, are reserved exclusively for disabled passengers and those accompanying them.
Similarly, in Garib Rath trains, two lower seats and two upper seats are reserved for disabled passengers. However, they are required to pay the full fare for these seats.
Railway will give seat to senior citizen without requesting
It’s worth mentioning that Indian Railways also prioritizes senior citizens by providing them with lower berths without any request. In sleeper class, around 6 to 7 lower berths are reserved for individuals aged 45 and above, as well as pregnant women. In every third AC coach, 4-5 lower berths are allocated, and in every second AC coach, 3-4 lower berths are reserved for senior citizens and pregnant women. They are assigned these seats automatically without the need to select any specific option.
Additionally, if a senior citizen, disabled passenger, or pregnant woman is assigned an upper seat during ticket booking, the Ticket Collector (TC) has the provision to allocate them a lower seat during onboard ticket checking for their comfort and convenience.