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Coronavirus lockdown | 15 Special trains to begin on Tuesday; guidelines issued

Railway employees take part in a drill at New Delhi railway station during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdow, in New Delhi on May 11, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Passengers looking to travel by ‘special trains’ to be run by the railways from Tuesday will need to reach stations 90 minutes before the departure time, wear masks, and preferably bring their own food as well as linen and travel light, as per the guidelines issued on Monday.

Till 1930 hrs on Monday, more than 18,000 tickets were booked, the Railways said.

By 9:15 pm, almost three hours after the booking was opened, approximately 30,000 PNRs were generated and reservation was issued to more than 54,000 passengers, a Railways spokesperson said.

The railways on Sunday announced plans to start 15 pairs of special trains May 12 onwards as part of plans to restart the passenger service gradually.

Also read: IRCTC website not opening, booking for 15 special trains pushed to 18:00 hours now

image/svg+xmlTimings of Special Trains to be run w.e.f. 12-05-20 S.No. Train No From Dep.Time To Arr.Time Frequency 1 02301 Howrah 1705 New Delhi 1000 Daily 2 02302 New Delhi 1655 Howrah 0955 Daily 3 02951 Mumbai Central 1730 New Delhi 0905 Daily 4 02952 New Delhi 1655 Mumbai Central 0845 Daily 5 02957 Ahmedabad 1820 New Delhi 0800 Daily 6 02958 New Delhi 2025 Ahmedabad 1005 Daily 7 02309 Rajendranagar (T) 1920 New Delhi 0740 Daily 8 02310 New Delhi 1715 Rajendranagar (T) 0530 Daily 9 02691 Bengaluru 2030 New Delhi 0555 Daily 10 02692 New Delhi 2115 Bengaluru 0640 Daily 11 02424 New Delhi 1645 Dibrugarh 0700 Daily 12 02423 Dibrugarh 2110 New Delhi 1015 Daily 13 02442 New Delhi 1600 Bilaspur 1200 Biweekly 14 02441 Bilaspur 1440 New Delhi 1055 Biweekly 15 02823 Bhubaneswar 1000 New Delhi 1045 Daily 16 02824 New Delhi 1705 Bhubaneswar 1725 Daily 17 02425 New Delhi 2110 Jammu Tawi 0545 Daily 18 02426 Jammu Tawi 2010 New Delhi 0500 Daily 19 02434 New Delhi 1600 Chennai 2040 Biweekly 20 02433 Chennai 0635 New Delhi 1030 Biweekly 21 02454 New Delhi 1530 Ranchi 1000 Biweekly 22 02453 Ranchi 1740 New Delhi 1055 Biweekly 23 02414 New Delhi 1125 Madgaon 1250 Biweekly 24 02413 Madgaon 1030 New Delhi 1240 Biweekly 25 02438 New Delhi 1600 Secunderabad 1400 Weekly 26 02437 Secunderabad 1315 New Delhi 1040 Weekly 27 02432 New Delhi 1125 Thiruvananthapuram 0525 Triweekly 28 02431 Thiruvananthapuram 1945 New Delhi 1240 Triweekly 29 02501 Agartala 1900 New Delhi 1120 Weekly 30 02502 New Delhi 1950 Agartala 1330 Weekly
 

 

The bookings for these trains from New Delhi to Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi, were to commence at 4 p.m. on Monday. However, this had to be pushed by two hours as the “data pertaining to special trains” was not updated on the IRCTC website.

These trains will have only air-conditioned classes i.e. first AC, second AC and third AC and tickets can be booked only via the IRCTC website or mobile application. Passengers will not be able to book either via the reservation counter or through ‘agents’.

 

In addition, the advance reservation period for tickets has been kept at a maximum of seven days and only confirmed e-tickets will be booked. Booking of RAC/Waiting List ticket and onboard booking by ticket checking staff will not be permitted. 

“Current booking, tatkal and premium tatkal booking shall not be permitted. No Unreserved tickets (UTS) shall be permitted,” the railways said. “For movement of the passenger(s) as well as the driver of the vehicle transporting the passenger(s) to and fro the railway station will be allowed on the basis of the confirmed e-ticket.” 

The fare structure of the ‘special trains’ will be equal to that of the Rajdhani trains excluding catering charges. While the provision for pre-paid meal booking and e-catering will be disabled, “dry, ready-to-eat food and bottled water will be provided on demand, inside the trains on payment basis...Passengers are encouraged to carry their own food and drinking water.”

Online cancellation of tickets will be permitted only upto 24 hours before the scheduled train departure with cancellation charge of 50% of the fare.

Compulsory screening

All passengers, the railways said, would be compulsorily screened and only asymptomatic passengers allowed to enter and board trains. They would also need to wear face masks and observe social distancing. No linens, blankets or curtains will be provided inside the train and passengers have been advised to carry their own linen. 

“The temperature inside the coaches shall be suitably regulated for this purpose,” the railways said.

Additionally, the railways have also advised passengers to download and use the government’s Aarogya Setu application. Further, no stalls or booths on the platforms will be opened and no train side vending will be permitted. “Passengers are advised to travel light.”

The zonal railways have been instructed to ensure that there are separate entry and exit gates at railway stations to the extent feasible so that there is no face to face movement of passengers.

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