IRCTC to Restart Train Ticket Booking From 11th May
IRCTC restarts ticket booking for train journey starting 4:00 PM, 11th May 2020 – Due to nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, all passenger train services in the country barring goods trains have been barred from operating since March 22nd.
Railways has notified the resumption of the train services since 12th May, the trains scheduled will first starts for air conditioned, the fare will be that of what is charged in an equivalent Rajdhani express. Ticket booking counters at the railway stations will 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. All type of tickets will be issued through IRCTC website irctc.co.in or app only.
These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi Station connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi, the railway ministry said. The trains will have only a “few stoppages” the spokesperson of the railways ministry said.
There are certain guidelines which are to be followed before start of the journey, 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.
Booking for reservation in these trains will start at 4 pm on 11th May and will be available only on the IRCTC website.
The existing shramik special trains which the national transporter began operating May 1st onwards will continue to run as the current system on the request from state governments. It is also to be mentioned that the Indian Railways will start more special services on new routes, based on the available coaches. There are approximately 20,000 coaches are reserved for COVID-19 care centres and adequate number of coaches being reserved to enable operation of up to 300 trains everyday as “Shramik Special” for stranded migrants.