Indian Railways announces partial resumption of train services from June 1

Elias Hubbard
May 23, 2020

In a tweet by the Railways, it said, "200 additional timetable trains daily from June 1, which will be non-air conditioned second class trains and booking of these trains will be available online".

Only e-ticketing will be permitted through the website of the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation, or through its mobile application, the railways said on Wednesday.

Only passengers with Confirmed tickets shall be allowed to enter the Railway station.

"Opening of all these booking facilities once again will mark an important step in the graded restoration of passenger railway services and making the task of ticket booking easy for all prospective travellers from all parts of India in reserved trains", it added.

Indian Railways has so far run 1,600 special shramik trains since May 1., over 900 of which were bound to Uttar Pradesh, 428 to Bihar and over 100 to Madhya Pradesh.

The railways said these trains will be "special trains run on the pattern of regular trains", covering tier 2 cities and also major state capitals like Mumbai and Kolkata.

RAC and Wait list will be generated as per extant rules however waiting list ticket holders shall not be permitted to board the train. Limited number of reservation (PRS) counters shall be operated for this objective.

All passengers will be screened before boarding and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train. However, normal ticket booking can not be done through these counters.

All passengers must wear face covers/masks at the entry and during travel.

Concessions: Only four categories of Divyangjan concession and 11 categories of patient concessions are permitted in these special trains.

In addition following instructions already issued regarding a refund of fare in case, the passenger is not found fit for travelling due to symptoms of coronavirus shall remain applicable. Provision for pre-paid meal booking, e-catering shall be disabled. However, IRCTC shall make provision for limited eatables and packaged drinking water on payment basis only in limited trains, having Pantry vehicle attached.

The official said that no linen, blankets and curtains should be provided inside the train. "The temperature inside AC coaches shall be suitably regulated for this objective", he said.

The Railways asked its zones to adhere to standard physical distancing guidelines and observe hygiene protocols in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arogya Setu app is mandatory for any passenger to travel in these 200 special trains.

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