Bhubaneswar: East Coast Railway (ECoR) has planned to extend the Unreserved Sleeper Class Ticket facility in three more trains to facilitate passengers for a short distance Sleeper Class Journey.
Short distance passengers can now avail Sleeper Class journey facility in these three trains from last week of February or fast week of March, 2020 by paying a little extra amount of the General Second Class Ticket fare.
These trains are 18496 Bhubaneswar-Rameswaram Express from 6th March, 2020 between Bhubaneswar and Brahmapur, 18401 Puri-Ahmedabad Express from 23rd February, 2020 between Puri and Brahmapur and 17480 Tirupati-Puri Express from 18th February, 2020 between Brahmapur and Puri.
Passengers can avail the Unreserved Sleeper Class journey ticket from the Unreserved Ticket Counters for the above trains at Puri, Bhubaneswar, Khurda Road, Brahmapur Stations and travel in earmarked S-6 Sleeper Class Coaches of the above trains for short journeys.
Passengers who are not getting seats in General Second Class Seating Coaches and travelling in Sleeper Class Coaches unauthorisedly, they can now travel in Unreserved Sleeper Class Coaches by paying a little more amount from the General Second Class ticket fare.
Earlier, passengers who were not getting seats in Second Class Seating Coaches and travelling in Sleeper Class Coaches for a short journey were paying fine.
To cope with the situation and to facilitate passengers for short distance Unreserved Sleeper Class journey, ECoR introduced this facility in the above trains. Earlier, East Coast Railway introduced this facility in Konark Express between Bhubaneswar and Berhampur in 2011-12.
After reviewing the position and acceptance by passengers with a positive response, ECoR had extended this facility in Visakha Express between Bhubaneswar and Palasa, from 4th November, 2014.
Till now, seven trains had the facility of Unreserved Sleeper Class journey tickets for short distance Sleeper Class journey.
These are Konark Express from Bhubaneswar to Brahmapur, Visakha Express between Bhubaneswar and Visakhapatnam from both the directions, Prashanti Express from Brahmpur to Bhubaneswar, Rayagada-Vijayawada Express from Rayagada to Visakhapatnam, Visakhapatnam-Nizamuddin Express from Visakhapatnam to Rayagada from both the directions. With the addition of 3 more trains, the list of trains with unreserved Sleeper Class Coaches goes up to 10.