After a halt in service for considerable span starting March 25, Indian Railways is now slated to resume its passenger train services gradually from May 12.
In a release on Sunday, the national carrier said the services shall begin at first with 15 pairs of trains.
Initially these trains shall ply as special trains with origin from New Delhi and connect Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.
All these trains would be run with just AC coaches and limited halts and the ticket fare shall be equivalent to the fare of the Rajdhani train ticket.
Booking for these trains will begin at 4pm on May 11 and will be available only on IRCTC site.
Meanwhile, it should be noted that ticket counters at railway stations shall remain closed.
Also, neither any counter ticket nor platform ticket shall be issued.
Thereafter the behemoth will begin services on new routes depending on the availability of coaches after 20,000 coaches have been reserved for Covid 19 care centres.
Further, only passengers with valid confirmed train ticket will be allowed in the railway station and they would necessarily have to put on face mask and go through screen at the departure. And only asymptomatic people will be allowed to board the train.
It will be mandatory for the passengers to wear face cover and undergo screening at departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train.