After the Railways announced 200 more special trains from June 1, Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said booking of train tickets would resume at around 1.7 lakh common service centres from tomorrow across the country. The ministry had earlier said tickets for these trains could be booked via IRCTC website or its mobile app only. "Bookings will also resume at counters of different stations in the next 2-3 days. We are developing a protocol in this regard," Goyal told ANI.
The minister said the ministry will announce the resumption of more trains in the upcoming days. "We have also permitted the operation of shops at railway stations. However, only takeaways will be allowed," he added.
We are going to announce the resumption of more trains in the upcoming days. We have also permitted the operation of shops at railway stations. However, only takeaways will be allowed: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal https://t.co/tEfZ3D6LEv— ANI (@ANI) May 21, 2020
The Railways' ticketing and catering arm IRCTC has allowed booking for 200 special train tickets from 10 am today. Around 1,49,025 tickets have been booked for 29,0510 passengers for the 73 passenger trains, the Ministry Railways of Railways has said.
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📢List of 200 (100 pairs) Mail/Express Trains to be run by @RailMinIndia w.e.f. 01/06/2020
⏰Timings, stoppages, frequency as per regular trains
🚉Trains to be fully reserved with AC/Non-AC coaches
📲Only online ticket booking @IRCTCofficial from 10 AM today pic.twitter.com/risgOp5ZTY
The train service is in addition to the existing Shramik Special trains being run since May 1 and Special AC trains (30 trains) being run since May 12. Other regular passenger services, including all mail or express, passenger and suburban services will remain cancelled.
Cancellation and refund rule for 200 special trains
- If during screening a passenger has very high temperature/symptoms of Covid-19 etc., he or she will not be allowed to travel despite having confirmed tickets. In such case, full refund will be provided to passenger.
- On a party ticket if one passenger is found unfit to travel and also all other passengers on the same PNR do not want to travel in that case full refund will be granted for all passengers.
- On a party ticket if one passenger is found unfit to travel, however other passengers on the PNR want to travel, in that case full refund of fare will be granted to passenger who was not allowed to travel.