The Railways on Thursday said that those travelling by the special passenger trains will have to mandatorily provide the destination address while booking the tickets. The move is aimed at contract tracing the affected passengers in case they turn Covid19 positive.
The Railways said that the destination address of each passenger will have to be entered at the time of booking the online ticket for the special trains. “This will help us in contact tracing, if required later,” a spokesperson for the ministry was quoted by the media.
Though the Railways have cancelled all the bookings upto June, the bookings of the special train which began on May 12 continues. The railways have also allowed online cancellation up to 24 hours before the scheduled departure. 50% fare will be refunded in case of cancellation.
As of now Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC) is not allowed on the special trains and the ministry clarified that anyone who is not allowed to board the train because of symptoms will be issued a full refund.
The ministry has also allowed wait-listed tickets to be issued for the special passenger trains from May 22 onwards. Over 2 lakh passengers have booked the special trains earning the department over Rs45 crore in revenue. Bookings upto seven days in advance can be made for the 15 pairs of special trains announced by the ministry.