In case you are among those who love to spend their time by sleeping for the whole time on a train journey you need to learn about the updated rules of the Railway. In an effort to check those irritating quarrels and fights that used to happen over oversleeping passengers leading to unavailability of seating space, Indian Railways has decided to reduce the earlier sleeping time of 9 pm to 6 am by one hour.

According to a circular issued by the railway board, the passengers in the reserved coaches by rule can now sleep only between 10 pm and 6 am to allow others to sit in the seats for the rest of the time. Before getting outraged by the circular please note that until the new circular was issued, the existing permissible time for sleeping was between 9 pm and 6 am. However, we haven’t come across any such condition where we got a chance of watching this rule being followed.


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,” said the circular, dated August 31.“Passengers are, however, requested to cooperate with the sick, persons with disability, and pregnant ladies in case they want to sleep beyond permissible limits,” it says.

According to Hindustan Times report, the new provision replaces paragraph 652 in the Indian Railways Commercial Manual, Volume I, which mentions about providing sleeping accommodation between 9 pm and 6 am.

Hindustan Times quoted ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena as saying,
We had received feedback from officials regarding issues between passengers over sleeping arrangements. We already have a rule in place. However, we wanted to clarify it and ensure it is followed“.


Another railway official told that the sleeping time was cut short by an hour because there were times when passengers went to sleep as soon as they boarded the train irrespective of day or night, leaving the co-travelers on the upper and middle berths high and dry.

They also told that sometimes when the middle berth passenger refused to come down even during daytime it used to cause trouble in seating to the lower berth passengers.

The circular has also clarified that the side upper berth person will have no right on side lower birth seats during 10 pm to 6 am.Railway officials told that new directive will help Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) in resolving such fights and disputes on board due to oversleeping passengers.

You can now refer to this circular and rule in case someone fights and refuses to get up during an unallocated time period.

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