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Trains start chugging again: 1.5 lakh passengers travel on first day

Dispelling all doubts, the Railways had confirmed on Sunday night that the trains will run as planned from Monday. It said, "All trains are running as planned." And they are now on the track. There are 25.83 lakh passengers booked till June 30. Advance booking can now be done up to 120 days as per the revised schedule. But follow the coronavirus rules. See below:

NEW DELHI, June 1: The Railways resumed train service on Monday, as scheduled. Two hundred trains are ferrying 1.5 lakh passengers on the first day.

Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand had expressed reservations about resuming train service now because of the mounting cases of coronavirus infections. However, the Railways confirmed on Sunday night that the trains will run as scheduled. It said, "All trains are running as planned." There are 25.83 lakh bookings till June 30. Now on the advance booking is allowed up to 120 days.

Parcels and luggage bookings are also being done. However, passengers are advised to travel light.

DOs & DON'Ts:

  • They are advised to reach the station 90 minutes prior to departure time.
  • The passengers should have confirmed tickets to enter the station.
  • The passengers should be wearing face masks.
  • They have to follow the health protocol strictly at the station, on the train and at the destination. The procedure to be followed at the destination will be decided by the authorities there.
  • The passengers should have Aarogya app in their mobiles.
  • There will be compulsory screening for coronavirus. Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train.
  • The Railways will provide the hand sanitiser.
  • In the train there won't be any linen/blankets etc available. The passengers may bring their own linen and food. No catering will be available on the train. Water may be made available on trains with pantry cars.

The 200 trains being run from Monday are apart from the thousands of Shramik trips for migrants and the 30 Rajdhani specials for stranded people.

The 200 trains comprise of AC and non-AC. There are RACs also and those with RACs can board the trains. However, the General compartment also needs reservation of sitting tickets to avoid overcrowding to prevent coronavirus transmission.

With the current phase that began on Monday, the normalisation of rail operations are going to be a graded process. Decision on Duronto, Shatabdi and Garib Rath will be taken in due course.

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