Passenger trains to operate from May 12, Indian Railways announces
The Indian Railways today announced to restart operations of passenger trains from May 12 to 15 destinations. Booking for reservation in these trains will start at 4 pm on May 11 and will be available only on the IRCTC website.
New Delhi: The Indian Railways today announced to restart operations of passenger trains from May 12 to 15 destinations. Trains will operate amid the nationwide lockdown across the country due to coronavirus pandemic.
Initially, 15 pairs of trains, e.g. 30 return journeys, will be operated. These will run as special trains from New Delhi Station connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.
“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 a sufficient number of coaches being reserved to enable operation of up to 300 trains every day as “Shramik Special” for trapped migrants,” an official statement said.
Booking starts on May 11
Booking for reservation in these trains will start at 4 pm on May 11 and will be available only on the IRCTC website. Ticket booking counters at the railway stations shall remain closed and no counter tickets, including platform tickets, shall be issued. Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway stations.
Railways plans to gradually restart passenger train operations from 12th May, 2020, initially with 15 pairs of special trains connecting New Delhi with major stations across India. Booking in these trains will start at 4 pm on 11th May.https://t.co/DW9I1sPRx6
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) May 10, 2020
It will be mandatory for the passengers to wear face mask and undergo screening at departure. Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train.
Further details including the train schedule will be issued separately in due course, it added. In the wake of nationwide lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced to stop the rail operations across the country on March 24.