IRCTC resumes Train ticket Bookings from May 11, Check New rules, List of Trains, Timings, and Routes

Booking can be done through the IRCTC website or mobile app. Ticket booking through agents will not be allowed. Ticket booking counters at the railway station shall remain closed.

IRCTC resumes Train ticket Bookings from May 11, Check New rules, List of Trains, Timings, and Routes
IRCTC resumes Train ticket Bookings from May 11, Check New rules, List of Trains, Timings, and Routes

Indian Railways has started booking online tickets from today 4 pm onwards, and passenger train services will resume from tomorrow May 12. Initially, only 15 special trains will run from the New Delhi to other cities including Mumbai, Bangalore, Patna, and Chennai. However, to ensure strict compliance of social distancing standards, Indian Railways has announced the gradual restart of the passenger train, all seats will not be made available for booking in all 15 trains which will run from May 12. Due to coronavirus pandemic in the nation, the Indian railways stopped passenger train services on March 22.

The Ministry of Railways, on Sunday, announced that they are starting 15 passenger trains from May 12. All these trains will run from New Delhi railway station to 15 destinations, which are Dibrugarh, Agartala, Horah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneshwar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthpuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.

Booking can be done through the IRCTC website or mobile app. Ticket booking through agents will not be allowed. Ticket booking counters at the railway station shall remain closed.

Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be permitted to enter the railway stations. There would be no arrangement of 'tatkal' and 'premium tatkal' booking.

All these 15 special trains will have only AC coaches with fare structure equivalent to the premium Rajdhani express trains. The trains will include 1 AC, 2 AC, and 3 AC class and will run with full capacity. The trains will also have stoppages at significant routes

The Railways has also requested the passengers to reach the station at least an hour before departure. Aarogya Setu app use is mandatory for all passengers traveling on these special trains. It will is compulsory for passengers to wear face mask and experience screening at the station.

Meanwhile, the Railway ministry declared that the existing Shramik express trains will keep on running according to the current framework on the request of the state governments.

Unlike Shramik trains, in which only 54 travelers are permitted in each coach rather than the normal 72, these 15 exceptional trains will run on full capacity. The railway is pondering not giving blankets and covers to the travelers this time so as to lessen the odds of the spread of coronavirus. There will be special standards for AC cooling inside the coaches and temperatures will be kept marginally higher than the normal to ensure the maximum supply of only natural air.