New Delhi: The railway services, which had been suspended since the imposition of the lockdown, will be resumed in phases from Tuesday. Initially, services will start on 15 routes, originating from New Delhi. These services will be beneficial for people stranded in other states. The online ticket reservation site for these routes was opened at 4 p.m. on Monday. But the IRCTC website crashed in a short while.
There is still a week to end the third stage of the lockdown in the country. The decision taken by the railway’s administration to restart service at this juncture is considered to be necessary. In all, 30 up-down passenger services will be operated from Tuesday. The trains will be operating from New Delhi to Mumbai, Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Ranchi, Bilaspur, Bhubaneshwar, Sikandrabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi. The services started for the migrant workers will continue to operate.
All these trains will be fully air-conditioned. There are no pantry cars provided in the trains to avoid the spread of Coronavirus. Therefore, the passengers will have to make their provision for eatables and water. The railway officials have informed that no concessions have been given in the railway fares. Once this train movement is settled, new routes will be operated.
Railway authorities have declared specific regulations for the travel. Tickets for the journey can only be purchased online. The ticket and reservation counters at the railway stations will remain closed. Passengers, with a confirmed ticket only, will be allowed to enter the railway stations. Every passenger will be subjected to primary screening. It is mandatory to follow the instructions on the ticket. Wearing masks is obligatory for all passengers. Persons not showing any signs of Coronavirus infection will only be permitted to travel. The Arogya Setu app has been made compulsory during travel.