If you are planning to travel by train in the coming days, avoid railway counters or IRCTC website to book tickets from 11.30 am to 1.pm this Sunday.
The Southern Railways will be suspending reservation facility for a brief period on that day for routine maintenance work.
However, the reservation system will function between 8:00 am and 11:30 am in the morning and again from 1.pm to 2.pm in the afternoon, as it is done normally on Sundays, an official statement said.
Rail passengers, meanwhile, expressed apprehension that shutting down the reservation system during the peak of the summer holiday season may affect their travel plans.
People trying to book Tatkal tickets in the morning hours will be the most affected, they feel.
“I was planning to book a Tatkal ticket on Sunday to travel from Chennai to Kochi after Easter. But now, I have to change my plans if I don’t get a ticket before 11.30 am,” said Mathew, a regular commuter to Kerala.
However, denying any chance of disturbance to travelling public, a railway official assured that it will not affect commuters as the maintenance will be done for a very short duration.
“This maintenance is planned in such a way that it doesn’t affect the public. Also, it is very much needed for the smooth functioning of the system,” said a railway reservation in-charge.
The maintenance will take place throughout Southern Railway’s six divisions -- Chennai, Palakkad, Tirunelveli, Salem, Tiruchy and Puducherry.
Source-new indian express