Introduction of Alternate Train Accommodation Scheme (VIKALP)
Ref: 2007/TG-I/20/P/ATAS dated 14.10.2015 (CC No. 61/2015) & 2007/TG-I/20/P/ATAS dated 23.11.2015.
With a view to provide confirmed accommodation to waitlisted passengers and also to ensure optimal utilisation of available accommodation, the Alternate Train Accommodation Scheme (ATAS) known as VIKALP was introduced as a pilot project on Delhi-Lucknow & Delhi-Jammu sectors on Northern Railways vide letters referred to above.
1.1 Keeping in view the announcement made in the Railway Budget 2016-17 regarding expansion of this scheme, matter has been reviewed and it has been decided that VIKALP scheme may also be introduced on the following sectors in normal Mail/Express and Superfast trains except Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto/Suvidha Express Trains:-
1.2 It has been decided that all the passengers booked under this scheme will be given an option for getting alternate accommodation irrespective of the fact whether the boarding/destination stations of the passenger are originating/terminating stations or road side station e.g. a passenger booked ex Delhi to Nagpur will be considered under VIKALP on Delhi-Chennai sector. Similarly, a passenger booked ex Nagpur-Chennai will also be considered on Delhi-Chennai sector. Initially this scheme will be available for shifting passengers across all category of trains except Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto and Suvidha Express trains or those where catering component is included in the fare.
1.3 The ‘VIKALP’ scheme in the above said sectors will be implemented as a pilot project for a period of six months from the date of implementation.
1.4 CRIS will make necessary modifications in the software at the earliest under intimation to all Zonal Railways as well as to this office.
2. Necessary instructions may be issued to all concerned.
3. Wide publicity may be given to the features of this scheme through all possible means for information of general public.
Indian Railways issued orders regarding the above subject on 07.01.2016