Over 8000 Passengers Travelled on Day 1 of Railways Renewed Operations
Indian Railways has now after two months resumed limited passengers services in the extended lockdown period.
12th May onwards, the Indian Railways charted a plan to run 15 pairs of trains each day. These trains 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.
Over 1,69,000 bookings were made by passengers within 24 hours of opening the online selling of tickets on 11th May. The Railways shall progressively start more special servicers on new routes, based on the avaibale coaches after reserving 20,000 coaches for COVID-19 care centres and adequate number of coaches being reserved to enable operation of up to 300 trains everydat as ‘Shramik Special’ for stranded migrants.
Bookings of the train tickets will be available only on the IRCTC website (https://www.irctc.co.in) . 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 ralway stations.
It will be mandatory for the passengers to wear face cover and undergo screening at departure points. Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train. It is also compulsory for all passengers to download the AAROGYA SETU App on their phones as per the directives of the Railway Ministry.