AC trains resume from June 1, bookings begin

Covid-19 Railways to resume 200 trains from June 1 bookings to begin at 10 am today

Covid-19: Railways to resume 200 trains from June 1, bookings to begin at 10 am today

The railways said these trains will have both air conditioned and non-air conditioned coaches.

It is to be noted that the passengers need to book their tickets online through the IRCTC website or through Mobile App. "Tatkal" ticketing is also not allowed.

Only the tickets of the regular trains are being cancelled that were booked during the lockdown period when Railways was allowing bookings for journeys in June. "Zonal Railways have been instructed to decide and notify the opening of reservation counters in a phased manner from tomorrow [Friday], along with dissemination of information about their locations and timings as per the local needs and conditions." it said. "General coaches shall also have reserved seats for sitting".

RAC and Wait list will be generated as per extant rules however waiting list ticket holders shall not be permitted to board the train.

Indian Railways has so far run 1,600 special shramik trains since May 1., over 900 of which were bound to Uttar Pradesh, 428 to Bihar and over 100 to Madhya Pradesh.

All passengers shall be compulsorily screened and only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to enter /board the train. A limited number of reservation (PRS) counters shall be operated for this goal. "However, normal ticket booking can not be made through these counters", the official said. Passengers were advised to arrive at the station 90 minutes before the departure of the train, and wear face masks.

However, there are some instructions made for booking of tickets & charting, quota, concessions, cancellation & refunds, health screening, catering, linen, etc.

In addition, if a passenger is not found fit for travelling due to symptoms of coronavirus, refund will still remain applicable. After getting TTE certificates, online TDR shall be filed for a refund of not travelled passengers, within 10 days from the date of journey and the original.

The official also said that no catering charges should be included in the fare.

Linen, blankets, and curtains shall not be provided inside the train. "However, IRCTC shall make provision for limited eatables and packaged drinking water on payment basis only in limited trains, having pantry vehicle attached", he said, adding passengers are encouraged to carry their own food and drinking water. "The temperature inside AC coaches shall be suitably regulated for this goal", he said.

Officials said from now on, all such special trains will have both these categories to accommodate all classes of passengers.

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