News By/Courtesy: Nikshetaa Jain | 19 May 2020 17:22pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Special Trains from Delhi and Shramik Trains
  • Safety Procedure followed during departure of trains
  • Cancellation of regular tickets till June 30

The Indian Railways have decided to start their operations as 15 special trains will be operating from New Delhi. These special trains would connect Delhi with the major cities in the country such as Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, and so on. Passengers will be able to book the tickets through the IRCTC website. The Railways is likely to run more trains in the future. The special trains have only air-conditioned coaches. The passengers were asked to bring their food and blankets. The fares of these trains would be similar to the fares of Rajdhani Express.

On Tuesday more than 4000 passengers boarded the first three special passenger trains which left New Delhi. The passengers were expected to reach the station ninety minutes before departure. All the passengers have to go through thermal screening, and only asymptomatic persons are allowed to board the trains. If a person is unable to travel due to COVID19 symptoms, he would be eligible to get a full refund. The Aarogya Setu app is mandatory for all the passengers. All the passengers traveling by special trains are required to provide the destination address to facilitate tracing of passengers affected by COVID 19.

In the initial guidelines, the Railways had stated that only passengers with confirmed e-tickets would be allowed to board the trains and to wait for tickets and, on-the-board booking by the checking staff would not be allowed. However, on May 13 another order was issued which would allow waiting tickets to be booked in the special trains. The justification given by the Ministry for this order was that there were instances where tickets were being canceled at the last moment.

All regular tickets have been canceled till June 30. Full refunds would be provided to all the passengers who had booked tickets on those trains. The tickets for regular trains to be canceled were booked during the lockdown period when the railways opened booking for June. This would not apply to the special trains and the Shramik trains. Shramik trains are those who are being run to ferry stranded migrant workers, tourists, students, and other people back to their homes. India has run 450 Shramik special trains and has brought about 5 lakh migrant workers back home. In these trains’ passengers are given free meals.

In the last five days, 3.5 lakh passengers have availed the service of special trains being run from Delhi during the lockdown. The Indian Railways have earned a revenue of Rs. 69 crore.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 19 May 2020 18:11pm IST


Tags : #COVID 19, Railways

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