Travelers can now book flights on the Indias national rail network in India from March 14, 2018.
The travel restrictions on the National Railways are being eased after the Supreme Court ordered it to do so.
The order was made on the recommendation of the railway department, which had earlier asked the government to consider a waiver on the condition that the train operator could only book trains from the same station in the same class.
The decision was taken by the apex court on a plea by Indias rail operator, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL).
The government is not permitted to waive travel restrictions for train operators, which can affect the entire system.
“A waiver on train travel is not permissible.
All travel restrictions will be relaxed,” Transport Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
RIL has also waived all travel restrictions in the case of trains travelling from a station to a neighbouring station and vice versa.RIL also had to allow passengers to board and disembark from the trains, which is allowed by law, while the other train operators can book tickets only from their own stations.
In a bid to curb the train bottlenecks, the railways have issued guidelines for passengers and train operators to book tickets in the nearest station within a certain distance of each other, which means a ticket can be booked up to 50 kilometres away from the next station.
The guidelines also include a travel plan for passengers who plan to travel for a week, while a maximum distance of 30 kilometres can be used.
Travel on the national rail system will be limited to those on trains between 7am and 7pm and between 6pm and 9pm.
On the other hand, trains will be allowed to travel between 10am and 9am.
Train operators can also book trains within their stations in any time.
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