Meranews, New Delhi: Indian Railways has cut the amount of time that passengers in reserved coaches can sleep in order to reduce the inconvenience caused to other passengers and to allow them sit on the seats.

A circular dated 31 August, which states that passengers can now only sleep between the hours of 10pm and 6am, has been issued to avoid quarrels caused by passengers sleeping on the middle and lower berths beyond the allocated time of 9pm to 6am.

“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,” the circular stated.

The circular makes an exemption for certain cases. “Passengers are, however, requested to cooperate with the sick, persons with disability, and pregnant ladies in case they want to sleep beyond permissible limits,” the circular stated.

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