For those who are new to booking ticket in IRCTC, take a look at my previous post.
There is some good news for the IRCTC users. You are in no need to search for your ID card while booking your ticket. Also, you can take the print-out of the mail sent to you and travel with that.
The only thing is at least one person mentioned in the booked ticket should have his ID card to show it to the TTE/TTR.
These are the recent set of instructions for e-Ticket bookers in IRCTC
There is a introduction of "Side Middle" in few of the trains and it does improve the revenue for the government. But it puzzles even frequent travellers!!
More puzzle comes on the way when you booked a upper birth and got a side middle birth. Sometimes TTEs rectify this and sometimes they don't.
Even if the ticket say S5 35/ UB, you will be alloted Side Middle. Can you spot out why?
When you booked the ticket the system was programmed to have 8 births / compartment. Now, after the introduction of Side Middle birth, it is 9 births / compartment.
Reminder for 35/8 => 3, which is the upper birth in the compartment of 8.
Reminder for 35/9 => 8, which is the side middle in the compartment of 9.
Each and every one will have some comfort while travelling on a specific birth and ask for a specific birth while booking the tickets. He is annoyed on seeing the TTEs response when he is of second type (not resolving the issue in the proper way).
They end up compromising or swapping their seats with the fellow-passengers.
This is acceptable for a limited period, in the interim, of course. But that period doesn't seem to end even after 3 months. The train journey is always more safe and comfortable than any other journey. It will be even more delightful if the peers look and fix these kind of issues as soon as possible.