Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bye Bye Side Middle Berth

Over last year, Indian railways came up with the ambitious plan to increase the number of berths in trains to increase the revenue. To cut costs, they came up with the innovative idea of having side middle berth (SMB) concept.

This concept was flawed in many ways.

  • Did not give due consideration for comfortable travel
  • Getting in and out is difficult
  • For day time travel, the person with SMB ticket has to share his place in the other side coup
  • The booking system could not be updated with SMB option

There were lot of complains about this SMB approach. Finally the railways gave up the idea this year for the benefit of the people.

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