Sleeping time cut by an hour for train passengers
The Railways is trying to put an end to those tiresome quarrels that break out due to oversleeping passengers on the middle and lower berths by reducing official sleeping hours.
According to a circular issued by the railway board, the passengers in the reserved coaches can only sleep between 10 pm and 6 am to allow others to sit on the seats for the rest of the time.
Until the circular was issued, the existing permissible time for sleeping was between 9 pm and 6 am.
“Sleeping accommodation between 22:00 hours and 06:00 hours and sitting accommodation for the rest of the period is provided for the passengers in the reserved coaches having sleeping accommodation,” said the circular, dated August 31.
The circular, however, makes an exception for certain passengers.
Passengers are requested to cooperate with the sick, persons with disability, and pregnant ladies in case they want to sleep beyond permissible limits,” it says.