'Will announce resumption of more trains, it's time to take India towards normalcy': Piyush Goyal
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Day after the government announced that it will run 200 passenger trains from June 1, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that the Centre will announce resumption of more trains as it is "time to take India towards normalcy".
During a conversation with his party colleague and BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, the Railway Minister further said that booking of train tickets will resume at around 1.7 lakh common service centres across the country from Friday.
Goyal also said that within 2.5 hours of opening bookings for the 100 pairs of special trains that will run from June 1, 4 lakh passengers have booked tickets, adding that people have also started reverse bookings to come back to work.
Goyal also made a staunching attack at the opposition, saying some states are not cooperating with the Centre to send the migrants back to their native villages.
"Some states did not cooperate with us to run special trains for sending back migrant workers to their homes. I think there are around 40 lakh people who want to return to West Bengal but only 27 special trains have entered the state so far," he said.
Goyal, however, praised Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani for their cooperation with the railways in running the Shramik Special trains and criticised West Bengal and Jharkhand for their non-cooperation.
The Indian Railways on Wednesday issued a list of 100 pairs of trains that it will operate from June 1. This is the second slew of special passenger services that marked the Railways graded restoration of its trains which were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While in a statement issued earlier, the Railways had said that these trains will be fully non-air conditioned, on Wednesday it said that these will have both AC and non-AC classes and fully reserved coaches.
It said these trains will be "special trains run on the pattern of regular trains", covering tier 2 cities and also major state capitals like Mumbai, Kolkata.
(With PTI inputs)
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