New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Indian Railways has provided relaxations amid lockdown imposed to prevent COVID-19, it will begin passenger train services on 15 Rajdhani routes from May 12 (Tuesday). These trains will be run as special trains, including AC coaches, from New Delhi Station connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.

The Indian Railways said that the passengers will only be able to book tickets at the official website of the IRCTC as all ticket booking counters at stations will remain closed. The online ticket booking began at 4 pm on Monday. 

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As Indian Railways will ‘partially’ begin passenger train services, here’s a list of do’s and don’ts that you need to know:

Do’s:

  • The passengers will only be able to book tickets at the IRCTC website as all ticket counters at railway stations will remain closed.
  • It will be compulsory for the passengers to cover their face with a face mask.
  • The passengers will have to arrive at the railway station one hour prior for screening and other coronavirus protocols.
  • It will be mandatory for the passengers to download the ‘Aarogya Setu app’.
  • As per the Indian Railways, only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the trains.
  • There will be no provision of 'tatkal' and 'premium tatkal' accommodation and no 'current booking' will be allowed.
  • The tickets will have the complete list of ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ that the passengers will have to follow.
 
 
 
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Don’ts:

  • Passengers with symptoms of the coronavirus will not be allowed to board the train.
  • As per the Railways, passengers with only confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway station.
  • Passengers travelling in these trains may not be given blankets and linen.
  • Passengers will not able to book tickets at ticket counters in railway stations.    

All passenger services were suspended due to a lockdown announced on March 25 and the Railways later started the on-demand Shramik Specials to ferry migrants stranded across the country. It, however, has been running freight and parcel services.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma