Advance reservation period increased from 60 days to 120 days w.e.f.1.4.2015 - Railway Board Order
It has been decided to increase the advance reservation period from 60 days to 120 days (excluding the date of journey) w.e.f. 01.04.2015. CRIS will make necessary changes in the software for this purpose under intimation to all Zonal Railways as well as Board’s office.
There will be no change in case of certain day time Express Trains like Taj Express, Gomti Express, special trains, etc. where lower time limits for advance reservations are at present in force. There will also be no change in case of the limit of 360 days for foreign tourists.
Board desire that the above change may be given wide publicity well in advance of its implementation. Suitable instructions to all concerned may be issued to ensure smooth change-over to the new time limit.
1) Occasions like, marriages, interviews, exams etc. are not planned 120 days in advance. 2) No journey within India can be made in 120 days advance. 3) This reduces the reliability or dependability and popularity of railways as easy means of communication. 4) Public view this as cynical means of earning revenue by 120 days fixed deposit with railways.
If possible, it should be reduced to 30 days because, there is no load on reservation counters with online reservation becoming popular.