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Indian Railways to Resume Running of Passenger Trains, Bookings to Begin from Today

The Ministry has cleared that bookings for the train travelling will not be available at the counter, and that those interested to use the passenger train services will have to book the tickets online only. The statement from MHA cleared that only those with confirmed tickets will be able to travel in the trains, while waitlisted as well as Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC) will be abolished temporarily.

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Indian Railways begins Passenger Trains during COVID-19 lockdown in India

The Railways Ministry has announced, on Sunday, May 10, to resume passenger train services from Tuesday, May 12. An official statement from the Ministry read, “Indian Railways plans to gradually restart passenger train operations from May 12, initially with 15 pairs of trains (30 return journeys),” The passenger train services will resume from Delhi to 15 destinations from May 12. The booking for the service will begin from 4pm on Monday, May 11.


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The 15 destinations where the passenger trains commencing from New Delhi station will run to include Agartala, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Bilaspur, Chennai, Dibrugarh, Howrah, Jammu Tawi, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Patna, Ranchi, Secunderabad & Thiruvananthapuram.

The interested citizens will have to hit to the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website (www.irctc.co.in) and place their bookings online.

The Ministry has cleared that bookings for the train travelling will not be available at the counter, and that those interested to use the passenger train services will have to book the tickets online only. The statement from MHA cleared that only those with confirmed tickets will be able to travel in the trains, while waitlisted as well as Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC) will be abolished temporarily.

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The Ministry further cleared that more trains will be made available for passenger train services after the train coaches reserved for COVID-19 cases and those reserved for ‘Shramik Special’ for stranded migrants are deployed in service.

The statement from the Ministry also instructed passengers to avail their tickets online and those with valid tickets will only be allowed to enter the railway station. No booking of platform tickets will be allowed, neither online, nor at the counter.

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The statement also cleared that those asymptomatic COVID-19 patients will not be allowed to travel in the trains. It also mandated use of face masks and screening at the departure before entering the station premises.