How to use Vikalp option on ConfirmTkt

What is Vikalp Scheme?

‘Vikalp’ literally means option so under Vikalp scheme, each passenger has an option of choosing upto 7 trains as an option or backup to currently selected train where a passenger may be waitlisted. Departure of these trains could be after 30 minutes to upto 72 hours of the original train.

For example you booked your ticket on IRCTC website and your ticket was wait listed when the chart was prepared. Under Vikalp scheme, your ticket can be allocated to the next available train, which is going towards the same direction in any class equivalent or higher then the class you booked in previously. So you could get upgraded to 3AC from SL.

How to Book Vikalp on confirmtkt?

1) Book the train ticket , like you normally would

Click on “Opt Vikalp” option just below ticket details in above screen

2) Select all the train options , you are interested in

3) Click Submit and your Vikalp options are selected

You can go to your bookings to see the trains you have opted for

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IRCTC Downtime on 7th January

Due to maintenance activity, booking, enquiry & cancellation  services won’t be available from 23:45 hrs of 6-Jan-19 to 06:00 hrs of 7-Jan-19.

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How to Book a Train or Coach on IRCTC

Users can book a Coach or full train for occasion or event through filling form in or through chief reservation officer at the nearby station.


Booking period: FTR registration can be done maximum 6 months in advance and minimum 30 days prior to journey date.

Booking Information: User will provide the booking type, journey details of coaches, and route. After submission of the request, user will get a reference number and registration amount to be paid. user will pay the registration amount against provided reference number to get FTR number. Payment of registration amount must be received within 6 days (including FTR request submit day). After 6 days, FTR Reference Number will be flushed and user will be required to follow the above mentioned process again to book coach/train.

Coach Booking: User can book maximum 10 numbers of coaches on FTR in a single train in one tour program.

Train Booking: User can book maximum 24 coaches in FTR train including 2 SLR coaches as mandatory.

Refund process: In case of cancellation, either by user or by Railway, refund will be processed as per existing manual process through Chief Commercial Manager (PM) of the concerned Railway.

 Registration Amount:

Coach Booking: Registration amount for booking of a coach up to 7 days of tour journey period is Rs. 50, 000/- per coach. Beyond 7 days of tour journey period, additional Rs. 10, 000/- per day/per coach will be payable and added in the registration amount.

Train Booking: Registration amount for booking of a train, for minimum of 18 coaches (including minimum two SLR coaches) and up to 7 days of tour journey period is Rs. 9,00,000/-. Beyond 18 passenger coaches, additional Rs. 50,000/- per coach will be added in the registration amount. For tour period beyond 7 days, additional Rs. 10, 000/- per day per coach will be added in registration amount.

Even for booking of a train with less than 18 coaches, registration amount for 18 coaches as minimum will be charged.

The above amount may change in case of any revision by Ministry of Railways from time to time.

Registration of coaches/trains does not guarantee allotment of coaches/trains. This will be subject to the operational feasibility and availability of coaches.



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Railway Level Crossing would be safer now

Stats say 40% of the train accidents are due to unmanned railway crossings and no proper management of railway crossings.Railways and ISRO have decided to put and end to this.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is helping the Indian Railways use its satellite-based system to check accidents at unmanned railway crossings and track train movements on a real-time basis.

Working on a pilot project with Isro, the railways has installed space agency-developed integrated circuit (IC) chips on some train engines. The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (or NaVIC) will be used to warn road users of approaching trains through hooters installed at unmanned road crossings.

Tapan Misra, director of Ahmedabad-based Space Applications Centre (SAC), confirmed that “ISRO and the Indian Railways have been working together on this pilot project since June”. Explaining the functioning of the satellite-based system, Misra said, “A hooter will be activated as soon as it gets signal from the IC chip installed on a train when its engine is at a distance of 500 metres to 4 km from the crossing. The hooter, linked to the navigation system, will thus warn road users about the approaching train. It will become louder as the train comes near the crossing and will fall silent after the train has passed.”

The SAC director said, “Under the pilot project, IC chips have been installed on five engines of trains on different routes. The testing on the satellite-based hooter system has been going on since June to check if it is reliable and can function under different climatic conditions.”

He said, “ISRO is using its constellation of seven navigation satellites (IRNSS or NaVIC) for the railway safety system as the technology, once the pilot project is over successfully, will be installed on all trains across the country in phased manner.”

Misra said, “The satellite-based system will also be used for tracking trains for disseminating information about their movement on a real-time basis.” He said, “The system will also help the railways map the area covered by trains. The technology will come in handy at the time of a railway accident when it can be used to ascertain the exact location of a train.”

The push for using the space technology for the railway safety system came after PM Narendra Modi, during a national meet on September 7, 2015, asked all central ministries and state governments to make the most of the ISRO technology to provide good governance.

Safety at unmanned level crossings is a cause for concern for the railways as these crossings witness maximum accidents. The national transporter had explored various ways to address the issue before settling for the Isro system. There are about 7,254 unmanned railway crossings in the country which account for around 40% of accidents involving the railways. There are about 18,000 manned level crossings.

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New Trains Launch – Tejas, Humsafar Trains

New Humsafar Express and Tejas Express trains:

Railways has announces to launch new Teja`s and humsafar express trains though the date of introduction to be notified later.

New Tejas Express trains :-

1. New Delhi-Chandigarh Tejas Express Train

The train between New Delhi and Chandigarh will operate six days a week except Wednesdays and comprise 12 coaches – nine AC Chair Cars, one Executive AC Chair Car and two Regenerative Cars, according to the Indian Railways.

22425 New Delhi-Chandigarh Except Wed Station 22426 Chandigarh-New Delhi Except Wed
930 New Delhi 1730
1225 Chandigarh 1435

(Train schedule as shared by the Northern Railway on its website)
The carrier said the date of introduction “will be notified later”.

2. Lucknow Junction-Anand Vihar Terminal Tejas Express Train

The train between Lucknow Junction And Anand Vihar Terminal will also operate six days a week except Thursday and comprise 11 coaches including eight AC Chair Cars and one Executive AC Chair Car.

12585 Lucknow Jn -Anand Vihar T Except Thu Station 12586 Anand Vihar T-Lucknow Jn  Except Thu
650 Lucknow Jn 2205
805 810 Kanpur Central 2030 2040

(Train schedule as shared by the Northern Railway on its website)

New Humsafar Express trains :-

3. Sealdah-Jammu Tawi Humsafar Express Train

The third among the six new trains announced by the Railways is a weekly Humsafar Express train service between Sealdah (Kolkata) and Jammu Tawi. This 18-coach Humsafar Express train will hail out of Sealdah on Monday, and from Jammu Tawi on Wednesdays, according to the Railways. The train will comprise 16 AC III Tier Cars.

22317 Sealdah-Jammu Tawi Station 22318 Jammu Tawi-Sealdah
1520 (MON) Sealdah 1745 (THU)
2340 (TUE) Jammu Tawi 0720 (WED)

(Train schedule as shared by the Northern Railway on its website)

4. Anand Vihar Terminal-Allahabad Humsafar Express Train

The new Humsafar Express train between Anand Vihar Terminal and Allahabad will operate on a tri-weekly basis. The train service will start from Anand Vihar on Mondays and from Allahabad on Wednesdays.

Anand Vihar T – Allahabad Station Allahabad – Anand Vihar T
2220 Anand Vihar T 615
610 Allahabad 2220

(Train schedule as shared by the Northern Railway on its website)

Humsafar, Tejas and Antyodaya were among the four new train projects announced by the government in the Rail Budget of financial year 2016-17, along with Uday Express.

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Railways to send SMS alerts for Rajdhani and Shatabdi Trains



No worries in case ,if your train get delayed .Now you can get an SMS alert for the train delays  if the delay is more than an hour from the actual schedule.

Indian railways has started this new facility which is going to help millions of travelers . Currently, the SMS alerts are messages are sent to wait-listed passengers after the confirmation of their berths i.e after the chart preparation. This new SMS facility is currently available for Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains as a trail but soon it will be extended to other trains too.

The SMS facility was developed by the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), the information technological arm of the Railways. In order to avail this facility, passengers are advised to mention their mobile numbers on the reservation slips, the official further said.
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Aadhaar-linked to IRCTC accounts? You can book 12 tickets a month

Railways yet again came with an innovative way to encourage passengers to link their Aadhar numbers with IRCTC account. Railways has increased the monthly cap to 12 from 6 on tickets booking on IRCTC online portal if their Aadhar number is linked to their onlince IRCTC account. However, passengers can still book upto 6 tickets without linking their Aadhar number.
Here is how you can update your Aadhar number on IRCTC portal. Go to ‘My profile’ category, select ” Aadhaar KYC” and update your Aadhaar number here. A one-time password (OTP) should be entered for verification which will be sent to the mobile number linked to Aadhaar number entered.
If passenger books more than 6, the Aadhaar number of one of the passengers should also be updated in the IRCTC account. This will also be validated via OTP. Users can store the names of verified passengers accompanying them on the ‘master list’.
This move is expected to eliminate malpractices in ticket bookings as touts and travel agents cannot create fake user IDs anymore.
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Indian Railways to generate 1 Lakh Jobs with its Solar Plant In Delhi!

Under the new leadership of Piyush Goel, Indian Railways is moving fast on their modernization drive. Piyush Goel has recently become the Railways Minister and under his leadership several interesting initiatives have been planned, which will have long-lasting impact on overall transportation industry.
With a new resolution, Indian Railways has declared that it will generate lakhs of new jobs with new investments being made. Recently, Indian Railways has taken initiative to use renewable energy setting itself as rolemodel for all other departments across India.
Railways Minister Piyush Goel has told that over a period of next 5 years a total of $150 billion, which is around 10 lakh crore, to be invested across infrastructure and engineering enterprises, and around 1 lakh jobs are expected to be generated due to this. He also added that every railway track in the country would be converted into electric line, within 4 years, which is 6-years earlier than schedule. With this single initiative Rs 10,000 crore will be saved per year in fuel cost.
In a big move towards Green Earth, Indian Railways has launched their first ever Solar Plant in New Delhi, which is expected to generate 5 megawatt peak (MWp) in the coming days. Indian Railways has planned to generate 1000 megawatt peak (MWp) of energy via Solar Power, and this first installation of Solar Plant is seen as the first step.
Indian Railways has more than 7000 railway stations as of now, and if every station installs such solar plants, then it can break every record of renewable energy, anywhere in the World. This first Solar Plant installation has been done over rooftops of Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Anand Vihar and Delhi railway stations, and is expected to generate 76.5 lakh units of solar power cumulatively per year, which will meet 30% of the overall energy needs of these stations.
This announcement was made during ‘International Conference on Green Initiatives and Railway Electrification’ in Delhi, where Minister Goyal said, “We are working in a time-bound manner to skillfully and effectively transform the Indian Railways into a world class transporter. We shall be able to accomplish 100 per cent electrification at lower prices with an incentive-cum-penalty scheme..”
In July this year, Indian Railways had launched their first solar powered train, DEMU (Diesel Electrical Multiple Unit) train from the Safdarjung railway station in Delhi. It runs between Sarai Rohilla in Delhi to Farukh Nagar in Haryana. This train has 16 solar panels, each producing 300 Wp, across 6 coaches. The entire electrical need of the coaches, which includes lights, fans and information display system, will be met by the energy produced by solar panels fitted atop the coaches of the DEMU (diesel electric multiple unit) train.Govt. of India has already allocated Rs 8000 crore for installing solar plants across 7000+ railway stations. Let’s hope for a Green India soon.
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