E bookings for trains to start from May 11

North Gazette News

The Indian Railways, one of the largest rail network of the world has decided to start its special services soon. For this purpose, the booking service will start from May 11,2020.  As many as 15 pairs of different trains will start there services from May 12,2020. These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi station connecting Agartala, Dibrugarh,  Howrah, Patna, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Bilaspur, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi. The online bookings for reservation will start from tomorrow, 11 May at 4 pm and will be available only on IRCTC website, an official said.

Source said that ticket booking counters at stations will remain closed and no counter tickets, including platform tickets, will be issued. 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 trains, the ministry added. It will be mandatory to wear face cover, undergo screening at departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed on trains.

Only the passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway stations. Further details, including train schedule, will be issued separately in due course, said the statement from Railways.

Indian Railways will 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, an official release said.

The official release said that the Indian Railways has operated 366 “Shramik Special” trains since May 1 and ferried home around four lakh migrants stranded in various parts of the country amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown,