indian railways booking site begins from june 1
The move to resume non-AC train services comes days after 15 pairs of air-conditioned special passenger train services started on May 12. The tickets for these special passenger trains can also be booked online only. According to a recent Indian Railways circular a limited quota of waitlisted tickets will be allowed in the special passenger trains that are currently running and others that will start plying in the due course of time.
For the sleeper class of tickets, the maximum waitlisted tickets limit is 200. For air-conditioned coaches the waitlisted limit would be; 20 (First AC), 20 (Executive Class), 50 (AC-2 tier), 100 (AC 3-tier), 100 (AC Chair Car). While booking tickets on the IRCTC website, it is mandatory for passengers to declare that they have read the state-wise protocol for passengers arriving from special passenger trains, for example in some states a 14-day quarantine is compulsory etc. Additionally, passengers aree required to fill in their destination address so that in case there is a need for contact tracing, Indian Railways can locate passengers.
The Centre on Tuesday did away with the need for the states/union territories to permit movement of Shramik special trains to respective destinations and the Railways will now be permitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Indian Railways will run 200 non-AC trains on a daily basis as per the timetable from June 1, whose online booking will start soon. Goyal said that in relief for migrant workers stranded across the country, 200 special trains will be run and this number will later increase.
Passenger train service will expand from the existing 15 trains to more than 200 starting next month. The service will involve non-air conditioned trains, which had not been allowed so far. The 15 trains that have been running since May 12, are air-conditioned trains and the passengers are required to maintain rules of social distancing and use masks and sanitisers.
The decision comes days after the Centre extended the countrywide lockdown for a third time but lifted the bar on bus service and other public transport. The final decision in terms of implementation was left to the states.