The railway ministry has directed its zones to discontinue pasting reservation charts on reserved coaches of all trains at A1, A and B category stations as a pilot project for six months from March 1, an official statement said on Friday. However, physical and digital display of charts will continue at the platforms, the ministry statement said.
Last year in September, Indian Rail had decided to stop printing and pasting reservation charts on all trains which started from these 6 railway stations: New Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin, Mumbai Central, Chennai Central, Howrah, and Sealdah.
Buoyed by the response, and encouraged with the feedback, Indian Railways has now decided to implement the same paperless initiative across all railway stations of class A1, A and B.
This will be a pilot project, for a period of 6 months.
Based on the revenues, Railways have categorized railways stations into 7 categories: A1, A, B, C, D, E and F; which are further divided into 17 zones.
As of now, Railways has decided to continue with reservation charts at the platforms, but stop printing the same for trains leaving from the railway stations.
The aim behind the move to go paperless is the green initiative by South Western Railways Bengaluru Division (SBC), which discontinued pasting charts on reserved coaches of all trains from Bengaluru City and Yeshwantpur stations from November 2016. The move helped save over Rs 60 lakh spent on paper by the division.
Besides saving money on papers, this will also help them to save the environment.