Indian Railways has resumed passenger train operations from, May 12.
According to a Government notification, Passenger train services will begin with 15 pairs of special trains. These special trains will run from New Delhi Station to major stations across the country. However, few of these trains may not be running daily.
The notification further said that more special trains will be running on new routes, as per the coaches available after reserving 20,000 coaches for COVID-19 care centers, and 300 trains to be run daily, as “Shramik Special” for stranded migrants.
15 Rajdhani routes will have air conditioner services, and the fare would be equal to that of the super-fast train, according to the notification.
Union Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal also took to Twitter to inform that bookings for these trains, will start on May 11, at 4 pm. He further informed that counters for ticket booking at railway stations will remain shut and no tickets which also include platform tickets will be issued via counters.
The notification further read that booking for reservation in these trains will be available, only on the IRCTC website, and there will also be no provision for tatkal and premium tatkal accommodation. Passengers will have to mandatory wear face masks, and they have to go through screening at their departure and only passengers who are asymptomatic will be allowed to travel via these trains, read the notification.
According to the notification, some details like the train schedule will be issued separately in due course.
Officials said that these trains will be running, with their full capacity unlike Shramik trains, and regular trains, but, with no concession in the fairs.
Officials have also said that no blankets and linens would be provided to the passengers traveling in these trains, to curb the chances of the spread of coronavirus. Some special norms will be there for passengers traveling via these trains, like the air-conditioning inside the coaches, and temperatures, will be kept slightly higher than the usual, and it would be ensured that there would be a maximum supply of fresh air only.