Indian Railways Passenger Trains to Restart
Indian Railways plans to gradually restart train services for passengers from May 12, with 15 pairs of special trains initially connecting New Delhi with Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.
The bookings can be done from 4 pm on Monday only through the website of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, the order said. Ticket booking counters at railway stations shall remain closed.
The government added that all passengers will have to wear face masks, and will be screened for coronavirus symptoms. Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the trains. Further details including train schedule will be issued separately in due course.
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.