Indian Railways To Partially Restore Train Services From June 1, Bookings Start Today

Indian Railways has released a list of 200 special trains that will begin running from June 1, the bookings for these, however, commence today, ie – May 21. “Indian Railways, in consultation with Ministries of Health & Family Welfare, and Home Affairs, has decided that train services will be further partially restored with effect from June 1”, a Railway Ministry spokesperson has confirmed.

The announcement that comes a day after Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced running of the 200 Special trains from June 1, is a major relief for passengers from across the country. Other regular passenger services ‘including all mail/express, passenger and suburban services, however, shall remain cancelled until further advice’, the spokesperson added.

While the Indian Railways has been operating ‘Shramik Special’ trains to transport stranded migrant workers, tourists, pilgrims and students since May 1, these 200 special trains will be fully reserved. “General coaches shall also have reserved seat for sitting. There will be no unreserved coach in the train,” said the spokesperson.

Booking Guidelines

  • No tickets will be booked across the reservation counter on any railway station.
  • ‘Booking of tickets through ‘agents’ — both IRCTC and railway — shall not be permitted’.
  • Fares shall be as normal and for General coaches, being reserved.
  • Second seating fare shall be charged and seats will be provided to all the passengers.
  • Online e-ticketing will be done through IRCTC website or through Mobile App.
  • Wait-listing and reservation against cancellation tickets will also be generated. But passengers with wait-listed ticket will ‘not be allowed’ to board the train.
  • No tickets will be issued onboard to any passenger during the journey.
  • No Tatkal and premium Tatkal booking shall be permitted in these trains.
  • Arogya Setu app is mandatory for any passenger to travel in these 200 special trains.