New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Ministry of Railways on Monday issued a clarification that the IRCTC site has not crashed and that data is being uploaded, saying "ticket bookings will be available in a short while."

The clarification comes after some reports emerged that the IRCTC website has crashed due to heavy online traffic after users started facing difficulty in booking reservations or even logging in. The ticket booking will now being at 6 pm, said the IRCTC.

"Data pertaining to special trains is being fed in the IRCTC website. Train ticket bookings will be available in a short while. Please wait. Inconvenience is regretted," the Ministry of Railways said in a tweet.

As users faced glitches many took to Twitter and slammed the railways. "Saw media reports last night that trains would start from 12th... But I tried booking tickets at IRCTC official App, they aren't allowing train booking.... How to book tickets then?" said a user named Sumit Kashyap.

Another Twitter user Raviteja YS said, "Its been 15 Mins post 4 p.m. Not yet Opened Web itself. Waiting to Open #IRCTC . Irctc server might have crashed due to heavy web traffic."

On Sunday, the Indian Railways announced that 15 pairs of the Special Air Conditioned trains will depart from New Delhi to several parts of the country.

It also said that the tickets for these trains can be bought from the IRCTC website and no tickets will be sold on any stations or ticket counters.

The railways has suspended the passenger, mail and express train services on March 25 amid the nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24.

Since then railways has been running the freight and special parcel trains to ensure the supply of essential items. The railways have started to run Shramik Special trains from May 1 onwards to transport the stranded migrasnt workers, students, pilgrims and tourists.

(With IANS inputs)

Posted By: James Kuanal