Passenger trains in the country will begin operations from Tuesday onwards. Initially 15 trains will begin operations, Indian Railways said.
All passenger trains will be run with AC coaches only and with limited stoppages. The fare will be equivalent to the ticket fare that is charged for Rajdhani Train, the Ministry of Railways said.
The special trains will run from New Delhi station connecting Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Bilaspur, Mumbai Central, Secunderabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Dibrugarh, Bhubaneswar, Agartala, Patna, Howrah, Bengaluru, Ranchi and Jammu Tawi.
Unlike Shramik trains where only 54 passengers are allowed instead of the regular 72, the special trains will be run on full capacity. However, no concession on fare will be given.
Reservation booking for the special trains will begin at 4 pm on May 11 and will be available only on the IRCTC website. No blankets will be provided on the trains and face masks will be compulsory. The tickets will have details of do’s and don’ts for passengers. Passengers will need to arrive at least an hour before departure time for screening and other protocols. Use of Aarogya Setu app will be mandatory too.Only asymptomatic patients will be allowed to board the train.