New Delhi: Ministry of Railways (MoR) in consultation with Ministry of Health & Family welfare (MoHFW) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided that train services will be partially restored from June 1.
Indian Railways will start operations of 200 passenger trains. These special services will be in addition to the existing Shramik special trains being run since May 1 and Special AC trains (30 trains) being run since May 12. Other regular Passenger services including all mail/express, passenger and suburban services shall remain cancelled until further advice.
These will be fully reserved trains having both AC & Non AC classes. General (GS) coaches shall also have reserved seat for sitting. There will be no unreserved coach in the train. Fare shall be as normal and for General (GS) coaches, being reserved, second seating(2S) fare shall be charged and seat will be provided to all the passengers.
Only online E-Ticketing will be done through IRCTC website or through Mobile App. No tickets will be booked across the reservation counter on any Railway Station. Booking of tickets through ‘agents’, (both IRCTC Agents and Railway Agents) shall not be permitted. The ARP (advance reservation period) shall be maximum 30 days. RAC and Wait list will be generated as per extant rules however waiting list ticket holders shall not be permitted to board the train. No unreserved (UTS) tickets will be issued and no tickets will be issued onboard to any passenger during the journey. No tatkal and premium tatkal booking shall be permitted in these trains.
First chart shall be prepared at least 4 hours before scheduled departure and second chart shall be prepared at least 2 hours (unlike present practice of 30 minutes) before scheduled departure. Only online current booking shall be permitted in between first and second chart preparation. All passengers shall be compulsorily screened and only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to enter /board the train.
Passengers travelling by these special services will observe certain precautions. Only passengers with confirmed tickets shall be allowed to enter the Railway station, all passengers must wear face covers/masks at the entry and during travel. The passengers shall reach the station at-least 90 minutes in advance to facilitate thermal screening at the station. Only passengers who are found asymptomatic will be permitted to travel. The passengers shall observe social distancing both at the station and on trains. On arrival at their destination, the travelling passengers will have to adhere to such health protocols as are prescribed by the destination state/UT