Indian Railways will resume its services gradually and 15 trains on different routes will start from May 12. Bookings on IRCTC will start from 4 pm on today. Here’s all you need to know.
As the lockdown moves towards the end of the third phase, Indian Railways has announced that it will gradually resume the services across routes from May 12. Bookings will be open on the IRCTC website at 4 pm today.
The Indian Railways on Sunday announced that train services, which were stopped since PM Modi announced complete lockdown of the country, will gradually resume, starting with 15 special trains in the first phase.
Here’s all you need to know on train services resuming:
1. Train services will resume on 15 Rajdhani routes for now. The trains will be fully air-conditioned and will run on full capacity unlike the Shramik Special trains that were running with reduced capacity.
2. Bookings for these special trains will start on May 11 from 4 pm and will be available on the IRCTC website (www.irctc.co.in).
3. Train tickets can be booked only through the IRCTC website or on the mobile app from Monday. Booking of tickets through ‘agents’ will not be allowed.
4. No provision of Tatkal and premium Tatkal bookings will be available for now. Ticket fare for the Rajdhani trains will be as per the rate of super-fast trains. No concession in fare is likely to be allowed.
5. No tickets will be issued from counters, including platform tickets. Only passengers with confirmed train tickets will be allowed to enter the stations.
6. Passengers boarding these special trains amid the coronavirus lockdown will have to arrive at the stations at least 1 hour prior to the departure for checking and other procedure.
7. The special Rajdhani trains will run from New Delhi to Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.
8. The train tickets will have detailed instructions for passengers who are boarding the trains. It will be mandatory for travellers to wear face covers and undergo screening before the departure. Passengers who show no signs of coronavirus will be allowed to board the trains.
9. Passengers travelling in these air-conditioned trains may not be given blankets and linen to reduce the chances of the spread of coronavirus. They may have to carry own blankets for the journey.
10. 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.