Ground Report | News Desk
Indian Railways has said that it plans to start passenger train services in a phased manner from May 12, before the third phase of the ongoing lockdown in the country ends on May 17 to stop the spread of Corona virus.
A statement issued by Indian Railways on Sunday said, “Our plan is to start passenger train services in a phased manner from May 12, initially to run 15 trains (30 trains including up-and-down).”
According to the railway, trains will run from New Delhi railway station. At the same time, booking for reservation (reservation) will start from 4 pm on May 11. Booking can be done only through IRCTC website. Apart from this, the ticket booking window at the stations will remain closed, no counter ticket including platform ticket will be issued.
Indian Railways said, “Wearing masks at the departure point, health check will be mandatory, only those people will be allowed to board the train, which will not show any signs of infection with the virus.”
More special services will be started on new routes after May 12, the press release added. These special services will be based on the available coaches after reserving 20,000 coaches for coronavirus care centres, the government said. Consideration will also be provided to the 300 Shramik Special trains to run every day to ferry stranded migrant labourers to their hometowns.
Booking to start tomorrow:
Booking for reservation in these trains will start at 4 pm on Monday.
Where to book ticket?
It will be available only on the IRCTC website (https://www.irctc.co.in/).
Ticket booking counters at the railway stations shall remain closed and no counter tickets (including platform tickets) shall be issued.
Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway stations.
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.