Indian Railways will gradually resume passenger train operations from tomorrow. It comes as India inches towards the end of the third phase of the nationwide lockout to fight against COVID-19. To reduce the spread of novel coronaviruses, the central government announced an all-India lockout in the last week of March. All passenger train services have come to a halt since 22 March.
Starting on Tuesday, the railway plans to run 15 pairs of trains each day. These trains will run as a special train from New Delhi Station, Dibrugarh, Agartala,Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur,Ranchi,Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi. Officials said the trains would only have “some halt”.
Air-conditioned trains will start this week because Railway Ministry official said that the fare would be similar to the fare of Rajdhani Express.
Booking for reservations on these trains will start at 4 pm today. Travelers can purchase tickets only through the IRCTC website or the IRCTC mobile app. Ticket booking counters at railway stations will remain closed in view of the novel coronavirus epidemic. No provision of Tatkal or Premium Tatkal accommodation will be available.
Booking will start at 4 pm today
Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter railway stations. No platform tickets will be issued. All passengers must wear a face mask and undergo thorough screening at stations. You may need to arrive at stations at least an hour in advance to undergo screening and other protocols that need to be maintained.
Only asymptomatic passengers or those who show no signs of coronavirus infection will be allowed to travel. According to PTI, people traveling on these trains cannot be given blankets and linen to reduce the likelihood of the spread of coronavirus. The temperature will be kept slightly higher and the railway will only ensure maximum supply of fresh air. Pantry services will not be available on these trains.
Indian Railways plan to run 1500 ‘Shramik Special’ trains to ferry stranded migrants in the coming week. Depending on the availability of coaches, more special trains are coming soon on the new routes. Worker special trains include only sleeper coaches and there is no halt.
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