In a trial amendment by the Indian Railways, reservation charts are likely to be removed from 7 major stations in India. Although the reason behind this decision in unknown, inside sources suggest overhauling of systems as one of the reasons. The stations that have been included in the list are New Delhi, Nizamuddin, Mumbai Central, Mumbai Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus, Howarah, Sealdah and Chennai Central.
A circular has been sent from the New Delhi office to all railway zones regarding this. The charts contain the name of the passengers and their reserved seat numbers. These benefitted passengers who picked up seats on current reservations on the date of the journey. Moreover, passengers who got upgraded and RAC passengers who got confirmed at the time of the booking also benefitted from the chart.
A senior Southern Railway Official, speaking to the New Indian Express said that the railways is working on new modalities. He further added, "The proposal will be implemented very shortly, but only after adequate publicity (on alternate measures for affected passengers) is given." It is being said that the railway board took the decision a few days ago, based on feedback from South Western Railway, which discontinued the use of reservation charts since last year, especially for trains leaving from Bengaluru and Yeshwantpur stations.
The circular from the New Delhi office said that the Railways would see for three months whether the move is accepted well by the passengers and is executed without glitches. A final decision would be taken after that.