New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Indian Railways on Tuesday informed that over 45,000 tickets worth Rs 16.15 crore were booked on special trains for the next seven days as it allowed bookings on trains from May 11. At least 82,317 passengers booked as many as 45,533 tickets on the official website of IRCTC. The railways started taking bookings for the 15 pair of Special AC coach train on Monday at 6 pm.

Speaking to IANS, a senior railway ministry official said that on Monday tickets valued at Rs 16.15 crore were sold with 45,533 PNR generated.

"A total of 82,317 passengers will be travelling in the first week from these Special AC trains," he added.

The Indian Railways has gradually restarted passenger train operations from today, initially with 15 pairs of trains. These special trains will run from New Delhi Station (NDLS) connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.

The booking for these trains were allowed almost two months after it suspended the passenger, mail and express train services amid lockdown. 

The railways has asked the passengers to arrive at the railway station 90 minutes prior to the departure of the train. Thermal screening of passengers will be conducted before they will be allowed to enter the station premises. Using protective gear like masks have been made mandatory. 

Only asymptomatic persons with confirmed tickets allowed to board trains, the railways said.

Passengers have been asked to carry their own blankets, water and food for the travel. Under special norms by the national transporter, air-conditioning inside the coaches and temperatures will be kept slightly higher than the usual.

The special trains will operate at full capacity. 

As of now, Indian Railways have issued a timetable for trains to be run between May 12 and May 20, which will run as daily, weekly or bi-weekly trains.

Posted By: James Kuanal