Indian Railways to resume services from May 12; booking of tickets opens online at 4 pm today


NEW DELHI | May 11, 2020:

The government of India has announced that the Indian Railways will restart a passenger train services from tomorrow. 

Booking for reservations on these trains will start at 4 pm today and will be available only on the IRCTC website.

Meanwhile, ticket booking counters at the railway stations shall remain closed and counter tickets will not be issued.

Initially 15 pairs of trains will ply with passengers onboard. 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.

Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway stations.

Passengers will have to wear face cover and undergo screening at departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train.

Railways will start more special services on new routes. 20 thousand coaches have been reserved as COVID-19 care centers and an adequate number of coaches are also kept reserved to enable operation of up to 300 trains every day as Shramik Special for stranded migrants.