New Delhi: Indian Railways will resume operations of 15 pairs of passenger trains from May 12 after about 50 days. The Railway Ministry Piyush Goyal gave this information by tweeting on Sunday. At the beginning of the partially started train service, trains are being run to connect 15 major cities of the country with New Delhi.
Railways plans to gradually restart passenger train operations from 12th May, 2020, initially with 15 pairs of special trains connecting New Delhi with major stations across India. Booking in these trains will start at 4 pm on 11th May.https://t.co/DW9I1sPRx6
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) May 10, 2020Advertisement
The total number will be 30 including the return. Only passengers with confirmed tickets will be able to go on these trains. Booking for these will start on the IRCTC website on May 11 from 4 pm. After the Ministry of Railways, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal also confirmed this through a tweet. Read, 10 special things related to this:
1- According to the Ministry of Railways, 15 major cities of the country will be connected to Delhi. Booking of these trains will be online only and tickets will not be sold at the station. There are indications that trains will also be announced for the second route after this.
2- These trains will operate from New Delhi to Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Ranchi, Mumbai Central, Bengaluru, Bilaspur, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.
3- Railway Ministry has said that passengers will have to wear face masks, follow social distancing and thermal screening will be done during the journey. According to sources, trains will be given stops at major stations only along the way, details of which will be given later.
4- The officials said that the workers were passengers in 54 seats instead of 72 in a coach on special trains. But these trains will run at full capacity, but there will not be any concession in passenger fares. There will be various guidelines for passengers on these tickets booked from IRCTC so that they will know what to do and what not to do.
5- According to sources, the trains that are being run are the same route where Rajdhani trains already run. This train will also be Rajdhani, whose coaches will be AC. Of these, the only fixed fare will be charged. The number of passengers will depend on how many coaches will be added to the train.
6- According to sources, the Indian railways can increase the number of these trains after the third phase of the lockdown is over. But this will depend on the availability of coaches.
7- According to the Indian Railways, special guidelines regarding the train journey starting from Tuesday and the time table of the special trains will be issued separately.
8- These trains will not have a pantry car. Passengers will have to make arrangements for food and water themselves. Railways have made this arrangement to prevent the infection of coronavirus.
9- Railways will start more special services on new routes based on available coaches after reserving 20,000 coaches for COVID-19 care centers.
10- Booking for reservations on these trains will start on May 11 from 4 pm. Only available on IRCTC website (www.irctc.co.in). Ticket booking counters at railway stations will remain closed and no counter tickets (including platform tickets) will be issued. Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter railway stations.
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