In order to end the unnecessary quarrels related to oversleeping of passengers on different berths, the Railways has decided to reduce the official sleeping hours in its trains by an hour. Many a times fights have been witnessed over berths and stretched sleep time.
As per the latest circular, the passengers in the reserved coaches can only sleep between 10 pm and 6 am which will allow others to sit on seats for the rest of the time.
Earlier it was between 9 pm and 6 am.
This new rule will be applicable to all reserved coaches where there are sleeping facilities. However, sick people, persons with disability and pregnant women are exempted from this rule.
The sleeping time was reduced by an hour, an official said, because some passengers go to sleep as soon as they board the train leaving their fellow travelers on different berths irritated.
The circular has also clarified that a person booked on side upper berth will not have any claim to the seat on the lower berth between 10 pm and 6 am.