Parents travelling with children between five and 12 years of age on a half-ticket will not be entitled to a separate berth in trains from April 1. It means if anyone wants a berth for thier kids of that age, they now have to buy a full ticket for them like the adults.
The Indian Railways estimates that doing away with the provision would vacate around two crore railway berths, which is expected to generate an additional revenue of more than Rs 550 crore.
Railways estimates that around 21-22 million kids travel on half-tickets annually in trains. Since the passenger fares were not hiked in the rail budget this year, the move is being seen as a step to improve the finances of the Indian Railways.