Indian Railways is now attempting to put a halt to all the rifts that are caused due to passengers oversleeping on middle and lower births. A fresh circular was recently released which stated that the sleeping hours are only between 10 pm and 6 am.
Passengers that travel in reserved train coaches will have to vacate the sleeping berths and sit on the seats during the rest of the time. Before the introduction of this circular, the existing timings were between 9 pm and 6 am. However, there was an exception for a certain set of passengers like the disabled, pregnant ladies, and passengers who are sick. These passengers can sleep beyond the permissible timings if they want to.
According to The Economic Times, here is what the circular stated:
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. On the side lower berths on which passengers have been booked under Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC), during the day time, sitting accommodation is also provided for those booked on the upper berth. Passengers are, however, requested to cooperate with the sick, persons with disability, and pregnant ladies in case they want to sleep beyond permissible limits.
Director General Public Relations for Indian Railways, Anil Kumar Saxena told News 18,
This has been done to ensure that passengers who have bookings under RAC status will have a place to sit for a little while longer. People are being told not to sleep during the day since it takes up space for people who would otherwise want to sit.