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#16 Aug 17th, 2007, 16:03
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Forget about the side upper berths is you're over 1.50 metres. The average coffin has more room .

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#17 Aug 17th, 2007, 17:46
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post Good point, I didn't realise it wasn't available for booking on-line.

The drop-down menu is on the normal Indian Railways website, so I guess we can only use this quota when booking over the counter in India.
In drop-down menu, the $ mark against the lower berth quota explains that these are meant for senior citizens ( 60 years and above) and women above the age of 45, travelling alone.

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Originally Posted by Sadanand Kamath View Post In drop-down menu, the $ mark against the lower berth quota explains that these are meant for senior citizens ( 60 years and above) and women above the age of 45, travelling alone.

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It's all in the wording.....

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A Lower berth Quota has to be provided in AC and Sleeper classes for senior citizen and women above the age of 45, travelling alone
I read that as....senior citizen and women above the age of 45 (travelling alone) are automatically given lower berths, so don't need to apply for the Lower Berth Quota.

It was a few months ago when I first read about the Lower Berth Quota, I got the impression it was available for anyone, but I may be wrong.

I've just checked the Karnataka Express for a date about 57 days away, 369 berths available in Sleeper Class, 18 availably in the Lower Berth Quota for sleeper class (that looks like the maximum available for this train as the number is the same for many days).

This indicates to me that the Lower Berth Quota is open to anyone, as the quota would need to be a lot higher to be sure of being enough for senior citizen and women above the age of 45 travelling alone.

Has anyone used the Lower Berth Quota?
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post It's all in the wording.....



I read that as....senior citizen and women above the age of 45 (travelling alone) are automatically given lower berths, so don't need to apply for the Lower Berth Quota.

It was a few months ago when I first read about the Lower Berth Quota, I got the impression it was available for anyone, but I may be wrong.

I've just checked the Karnataka Express for a date about 57 days away, 369 berths available in Sleeper Class, 18 availably in the Lower Berth Quota for sleeper class (that looks like the maximum available for this train as the number is the same for many days).

This indicates to me that the Lower Berth Quota is open to anyone, as the quota would need to be a lot higher to be sure of being enough for senior citizen and women above the age of 45 travelling alone.

Has anyone used the Lower Berth Quota?
Yes, it is the wording which seems to have led to the confusion.

I still feel that Lower Berth Quota is meant only for senior citizen and women above the age of 45, travelling alone. For other passengers, preference for lower berths is a 'choice' rather than an 'option'. I think the specific quota has been introduced to make sure that These categories of passengers get the lower berth on 'first come first serve' basis. Otherwise, anyone could have got lower berth on 'first come first serve' basis thus defeating the very purpose of giving automatic allocation of lower berths to these categories of passengers.

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Originally Posted by Sadanand Kamath View Post YI still feel that Lower Berth Quota is meant only for senior citizen and women above the age of 45

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Hurrah, I qualify!!

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Originally Posted by Sadanand Kamath View Post I think the specific quota has been introduced to make sure that These categories of passengers get the lower berth on 'first come first serve' basis. Otherwise, anyone could have got lower berth on 'first come first serve' basis thus defeating the very purpose of giving automatic allocation of lower berths to these categories of passengers.
Interesting point in that I felt most Indian passengers would prefer the lower berth, because of accessibility presumably.

It seemed to be mostly tourists who prefer the top one. Must be our lazy bum ways wanting to lie down all day
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Originally Posted by machadinha View Post It seemed to be mostly tourists who prefer the top one. Must be our lazy bum ways wanting to lie down all day
but I guess Indian railway don't know about this... as far as I remember tourist quota berths are always middle berths....
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Originally Posted by federica View Post but I guess Indian railway don't know about this... as far as I remember tourist quota berths are always middle berths....
Ouch, a good reason to avoid the tourist quota.

I always select side berth, about 50% of the time I get side berths, I rest of the time I'm given upper berths.

I've had lower berths in 2A, FC and 1A, but I've never had lower berth or middle berth in 3A or SL.
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Originally Posted by federica View Post but I guess Indian railway don't know about this... as far as I remember tourist quota berths are always middle berths....
Interesting, yes Maybe they're the least desirable to anyone, hence reserved for quota purposes? Just a wild guess.

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