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IRCTC to begin passenger train bookings for first time since lockdown. Check details

After a span of 51 days, the Indian Railways will gradually restart passenger train services starting May 12, the national transporter said in statement on Sunday evening. Booking for these services will open from 4 pm Monday and will only be available through the IRCTC website.

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New Delhi Updated on: May 10, 2020 23:01 IST
IRCTC to begin passenger train bookings for first time since lockdown. Check details
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IRCTC to begin passenger train bookings for first time since lockdown. Check details

In a big relief for people across the country during this coronavirus lockdown, Indian Railways has decided to partially resume passenger train services from May 12. The bookings for special trains that will travel to major stations, with selective stoppages, will start from 4 pm onwards on May 11. 

According to Indian Railways, these trains will run from the New Delhi railway station to the following destinations:

  • Dibrugarh
  • Agartala
  • Howrah
  • Patna
  • Bilaspur
  • Ranchi
  • Bhubaneswar
  • Secunderabad
  • Bengaluru
  • Chennai
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Madgaon
  • Mumbai Central
  • Ahmedabad
  • Jammu Tawi

 The passenger trains will have only AC coaches, and the fare structure will be similar to that of Rajdhani Express trains.

Passengers wishing to travel on these special trains will be able to book tickets only on the IRCTC website (https://www.irctc.co.in/). 

Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter railway stations.

It will be mandatory for passengers to wear face cover and undergo screening at departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the trains.

The Indian Railways also said that it will start more special services on new routes, based on the available 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 everyday as "Shramik Special" for stranded migrants. 

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