The Ministry of Railways has decided to discontinue pasting of reservation charts on reserved coaches of all trains originating from some railway stations for 6 months as part of a pilot project starting from 1st March.
Reservation charts are pasted on all coaches beside the doors of mails, expresses at stations from where they commence their journey.
The Ministry believes that this move will contribute to reducing use of both paper and expenditure.
The practice will be in place for six months on experimental basis, after which the Ministry will decide on continuing it.
Decision to extend the plan pan-India was taken after its pilot for three months at New Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Mumbai Central, Chennai Central, Howrah and Sealdah stations during October-December was a success, the Ministry said in a circular issued on February 13.
"Displaying of physical reservation charts at the entrance of stations also will be scrapped at stations which have electronic display boards," read the communication.
In a circular to Railway Zones concerned recently, the Ministry asked them to issue necessary instructions to all. The measure should be monitored and the feedback be sent to the Ministry after two months to enable taking a final decision on the issue.
"From March, Passengers whose tickets are confirmed or in the waiting list or last-minute confirmations, will receive SMS of the seating arrangements. So there will not be any difficulty in identifying the coaches," a railway official said.
Further, digital charting system has been installed at the major stations and at other stations, manual boards are installed for displaying the status of the waitlisted tickets to guide the passengers.