Indian Railways on Sunday announced that it is planning to gradually restart passenger train services from May 12. The train journey will initially start with 15 pairs of trains (or 30 return journeys).
In a press release, the Ministry of Railways said, “These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi Station connecting 15 important cities of the country.”
The special trains will run from New Delhi station connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.
“Thereafter Indian Railways shall 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 “Sharmik Special” for stranded migrants,” the release said.
The Railways ministry also informed that booking for reservation in these trains will start at 4 PM on May 11 (Monday) and will be available only on the IRCTC website. Ticket booking counters at the railway station shall remain closed and no counter tickets (including platform tickets) shall be issued.
“It will be mandatory for the passengers to wear face cover and undergo screening at departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train. Further details including train schedule will be issued separately in due course,” the statement added.
Railway minister Piyush Goyal also announced that railways is planning to gradually restart passenger train operations.