Ever indulged in a fight on the train with someone who wanted to use middle or upper berths to sleep too early or wake up later? Things get too complicated when you need to have a seat you have rightfully booked, but someone else is sleeping there.
After taking some landmark decisions, Indian Railways has now decided to cut down the sleeping hours in the train. The sleeping time that was between 9 PM to 6 AM earlier has been cut short to 8 hours between 10 PM to 6 AM.
The step has been taken to enforce the peace in the regular railway journey of the public by decreasing the chances of fights caused due to sleeping time.
A circular dated August 31 said-
“Sleeping accommodation between 2200 hours and 0600 hours and sitting accommodation for the rest of the period is provided for the passengers in the reserved coaches having sleeping accommodation.”
The circular, however, makes an exception for certain passengers. It further said-
“Passengers are, however, requested to cooperate with the sick, persons with disability, and pregnant ladies in case they want to sleep beyond permissible limits.”
Talking about the decision, a railway official said that the sleeping time was reduced by an hour because there were times when passengers went to sleep as soon as they boarded the train – day or night – leaving the co-travellers on the upper and middle berths high and dry.
On the other side, sometimes middle berth passengers refuse to get up which causes a lot of problems to lower berth passengers.
Ministry officials said the new directive will help Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) to resolve such disputes on board by preventing anyone from taking catnaps beyond the permissible time.
However, Twitterati always remains in the mood for fun. Like always they started cracking jokes on this update too. Check out some of the tweets-
— Hiren Antani (@HirenAntani) September 17, 2017
If train is late & start at 11 pm will railway allow passengers to sleep till 7 am?
— Sibaji Dasgupta (@dasgupta28) September 17, 2017
Ghar mein raho toh PAPA subha 6 baje utha dete hai..
Train mein raho toh MODI JI subha 6 baje utha de rahe hai..
Hum soye toh soye kaha? pic.twitter.com/c7pin4dcmT
— PIYUSH DWIVEDI (@FoodiePandit) September 17, 2017
@SwetaSinghAT Now passengers of Indian Railway Sleeper Class can sleep 10pm-6am1h cut in sleeping time. More money with less comfort. NaMo
— IndianCulture (@jamalsanmustafa) September 17, 2017
No matter the Department of Railway keeps sleeping all the time but Passengers should not sleep….!
New India forming
— imran (@SirImranHaq) September 17, 2017
What do you think about it? Do you think the decision will help the public or it will increase the discomfort?