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February 27, 2010

Trip to Bhubaneshwar

Filed under: association for indias development, travel — neosurya @ 11:16

The family went on a trip to Bhubaneshwar – From 23rd January to 1st Feb. We had a report of what we did, and AID Bangalore was nice enough to mirror it. We are trying to raise money for a village school in Parlakhemundi. Please contact one of us at AID, or put a comment here in case you would like to contribute.

Here are some pictures from out trip to the school: http://picasaweb.google.co.in/smilesjosu/AIDOrissaSchoolAtParlakhemundi#slideshow/5434677361723018626

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February 7, 2010

What to do when you do not have printout of eTicket?

Filed under: Indian railways, travel — Tags: , — neosurya @ 19:33

All my bags are packed I’m ready to go
I’m standin’ here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
But the dawn is breakin’ it’s early morn
The taxi’s waitin’ he’s blowin’ his horn…

And then I remember – Shit !!! I forgot to take print-outs of the eTicket.

Happens all the time – we book eTicket through the IRCTC website and then forget the printout. What to do? As per the IRCTC FAQs, you can get a replacement ticket on the train by paying a fine of Rs 50.

If the passenger is not able to carry the ERS but is carrying the proper Identity card as given during booking, an excess fare ticket will be issued by the TTE/ Conductor Guard against payment of Rs.50/- per ticket, provided if his name is available in the chart. If the name is not available in the Chart, he is not authorized to board the train and the case will be treated as ticketless travel.

We availed of this “facility” while returning from our vacation at Bhubaneshwar:

IRCTC eTicket Chalaan

Replacement chalaan issued in lieu of an eTicket

Now, why is this important if it were already in an FAQ? It is important, because rules never always worked on Indian Railways. Now they do. On one leg of our trip, Mother and Jyostna were traveling together. Jyostna fell sick; The TTE got her a special tea and also got her some medication. This kind of service was not available a few years ago.

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