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Railways to start limited train services from tomorrow: Details here

All passenger trains will be run with AC coaches only and with limited stoppages. The fare will be equivalent to the ticket fare that is charged for Rajdhani Train (Photo: PTI)Premium
All passenger trains will be run with AC coaches only and with limited stoppages. The fare will be equivalent to the ticket fare that is charged for Rajdhani Train (Photo: PTI)

  • Initially, there will be 15 pairs of trains from New Delhi Station connecting 15 important cities of the country
  • Booking for reservation will start at 4 pm today and will be available only on IRCTC website and mobile app

New Delhi: Indian Railways said it plans to gradually restart passenger train operations from Tuesday initially with 15 pairs of trains (30 return journeys).

These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi station connecting 15 important cities of the country, namely Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Trivandrum, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.

"Thereafter, Indian Railways shall start more special services on new routes, based on the available coaches after reserving 20,000 coaches for Covid-19 care centres and an adequate number of coaches being reserved to enable operation of up to 300 trains every day as 'Shramik Special' for stranded migrants," said the release.

Booking for reservation on these trains will start at 4 pm on 11 May and will be available only on IRCTC website and mobile application. Booking of tickets through ‘agents’, (both IRCTC and Railway) shall not be allowed. No provision of tatkal and premium tatkal accommodation will be there and no current booking shall be allowed either. All these trains will be run only with AC coaches and with limited stoppages. The fare will be equivalent to the ticket fare that is charged for Rajdhani Train.

Ticket booking counters at stations will remain closed and no counter tickets, including platform tickets, will be issued. Only the passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway stations.

It'll be mandatory to wear face cover, undergo screening at departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed on trains.

Further details, including train schedule, will be issued separately in due course, said the statement from Railways.

"Indian Railways has decided for the gradual resumption of passenger train services but existing Shramik special trains will continue to run as per current system on the request of the concerned state governments," clarified Ministry of Railways.

Officials told PTI that passengers travelling in these trains may not be given blankets and linen to reduce the chances of the spread of coronavirus. There will be special norms for the air-conditioning inside the coaches and temperatures will be kept slightly higher than the usual and maximum supply of only fresh air will be ensured, PTI further reported.

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