Indian Railways VIKALP scheme

Indian Railways VIKALP scheme

IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) offers Vikalp scheme for waitlisted passengers as an option to provide confirmed berth in an alternate train. However, opting for Vikalp does not mean that assured berth will be provided to passengers in alternate train. It is subject to train and berth availability, mentioned IRTC on its official website. Once confirmed in alternate train, cancellation charges will be as per berth/train status in alternate train. According to Indian Railways, boarding and terminating station might also change to nearby cluster stations under this scheme. Passenger can also be transferred to any alternate train opted and departing between 30 minutes to 12 hours from the scheduled departure of original train, in which the ticket was booked.
Key things to know about IRCTC’s Vikalp scheme:
Indian Railways Vikalp scheme is implemented for passengers of all train types and classes.
The scheme is applicable to all waiting list passengers irrespective of booking quota and concession.
Under this scheme, passengers can opt maximum 5 trains.
Vikalp opted passengers who booked in waiting and remain fully wait listed after charting will only be considered for allotment in the alternate train.
Fully waiting passengers opted for Vikalp should check PNR (Passenger Name Record) status after charting.
No extra charges shall be taken from passenger or any refund shall be provided for difference of fare.
Wait listed passengers of original train shall not be allowed to board the original train if allotted alternate accommodation.
Passengers once provided alternate accommodation in alternate train will be treated as normal passengers in alternate train and will be eligible for up gradation.
In rare situations, passengers who have been provided alternate accommodation might get dropped/re-allotted in alternate train due to last minute change in composition of the alternate train at the time of chart preparation. So, passengers who have been provided alternate accommodation should check PNR status also after preparation of charts of the alternate train for final status.
When Vikalp opted passenger opts to cancel, after he has been given an alternate accommodation, he will be treated as a confirmed passenger and the cancellation rules will apply accordingly.
No refund for difference of fare between the original train and the alternate train, including Tatkal charges, will be given to re-allocated passengers.
Once an Vikalp opted passenger has been allotted alternate accommodation, journey modification will not be permitted. If required, the passenger will have to cancel the ticket and book a fresh ticket for modified journey.
When a passenger who has been allotted alternate accommodation has not performed his journey in the alternate train, he can claim for refunds by filing a TDR request.
Train list once selected under Vikalp scheme cannot be changed.  
Opting for VIKALP does not mean that confirmed berth will be provided to passengers in an alternate train. It is subject to the availability of train and berth.
# Once confirmed in alternate train, cancellation charges will be as per your berth/train status in alternate train.
# In this scheme, your boarding and terminating stations might change to nearby principal stations.
# You can be transferred to any alternate train available within 12 hours from the scheduled departure of original train, in which you have booked.
# Preference of accommodation in alternate trains is based on departure time of trains selected by user.
# Passenger will have to check the PNR status after charting.
# Train list once selected under VIKALP scheme can be updated only once.
#  Indian Railways introduces special trains before 2-3 days scheduled departure of the train. User may update their VIKALP opted train list accordingly up to 24 hours of scheduled departure of train.
# This scheme can be availed by passengers of all train types and classes.
# The scheme is applicable to all wait-listed passengers irrespective of booking quota and concession.
# Under this scheme, passengers can opt for a maximum of five trains.
# VIKALP-opted passengers, who booked in waiting and remain fully wait-listed after charting, will only be considered for allotment in the alternate train.
# No extra charges shall be taken from passenger or any refund shall be provided for difference of fare.
# Either all passengers of a PNR or none will be transferred to alternate train in same class. The passenger can be considered for shifting to a train leaving from any station amongst the cluster of stations defined by the Railways based on the convenience of the passengers to a station serving the destination station on the same analogy.
# The VIKALP opted passengers who have been provided accommodation in the alternate train will not figure in the wait-listed charts of their original train. A separate list of passengers transferred in alternate train will be pasted along with the confirmed and wait-list charts.
# The passenger allotted alternate accommodation can travel in the alternate train on authority of original ERS/SMS.
# Wait-listed passengers of original train shall not be allowed to board the original train if allotted alternate accommodation.
# Passengers once provided alternate accommodation in alternate train will be treated as normal passengers in alternate train and will be eligible for upgradation.
# In rare situations, passengers who have been provided alternate accommodation might get dropped/re-allotted in alternate train due to last minute change in composition of the alternate train at the time of chart preparation. So, passengers who have been provided alternate accommodation should check PNR status also after preparation of charts of the alternate train for final status.
# This information will be available on Call Centre (139), PRS Enquiry Counters, Passenger Operated Enquiry Terminals installed at stations and web enquiry on indianrail.gov.in
# When VIKALP- opted passenger opt to cancel after he has been given an alternate accommodation, he will be treated as a confirmed passenger and the cancellation rules will apply accordingly.
# No refund for difference of fare between the original train and the alternate train, including Tatkal charges, will be given to re-allocated passengers.
# Once an VIKALP opted passenger has been allotted alternate accommodation, journey modification will not be permitted. If required, the passenger will have to cancel the ticket and book a fresh ticket for modified journey.
# When a passenger who has been allotted alternate accommodation has not performed his journey in the alternate train, he can claim for refunds by filing a TDR request.
# Train list once selected under VIKALP scheme cannot be changed.
# VIKALP Scheme once successfully opted cannot be changed.

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