1.7 lakh book tickets as railways restarts operations

Close to 170,000 people have booked tickets on the special trains that the Indian Railways started operating on Tuesday, 12rg May 2020. The national transporter resumed passenger services in a graded manner, with eight trains operating between the national capital, Mumbai, Howrah, Ahmedabad, Patna and Bengaluru.

Train services had stopped on March 22, just ahead of the nationwide lockdown imposed to battle the Covid-19 outbreak. “By this evening, 90,331 tickets have been issued to 169,039 passengers,” a railways spokesperson said. Three trains departed from New Delhi with over 3,400 passengers and five left from the other cities towards New Delhi, the railway ministry said in a statement.

Railway Board chairman VK Yadav was at New Delhi railway station to oversee the operations. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, the railway ticketing arm, sold tickets to over 82,000 passengers, as of Tuesday morning, for travel this week. Bookings, which started on Monday evening, can be made only on the IRCTC website for general quota passengers.

Some reservation counters will be open along the train routes for parliamentarians, freedom fighters and others. The e-tickets issued by IRCTC will work as e-passes for drivers to pick up and drop passengers. On arrival at their destinations, passengers will have to adhere to the locally prescribed health protocols.