The VIKALP scheme, also known as alternate train accommodation scheme (ATAS) was
launched in 2015 to make sure available berths are optimally used. It enables wait-listed
passengers of any train to choose confirmed berth in other trains. Till now, it was only
applicable on tickets booked via the IRCTC website.
Opting for VIKALP scheme might change the passenger’s boarding and arrival stations to the
nearest stations. The passengers can be moved to any alternate train available within 12
hours of the scheduled time of departure of the train which was originally booked.
As per the VIKALP scheme, the passenger availing it will have to mark the preferred optional
train departing within 12 hours, 24 hours and 48 hours. The passenger is also given a choice
to furnish his/her Aadhaar card number in the reservation form.
Reportedly, under the VIKALP scheme, passengers won’t be asked to pay more and won’t
get any refund for difference of train fare. In addition, either all travellers choosing the
VIKALP scheme of a PNR will be shifted to another train in the same class or none will be
allowed to do so.
To begin with, the VIKALP scheme was introduced and executed as a trial project for six
months on Delhi-Lucknow and Delhi-Jammu route of Northern Railways. However, the
scheme was subsequently extended to every other sector of the railways.
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