On Sunday, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said in a tweet that Indian Railways will restart for passengers from May 12. He informed that 15 pairs of special trains will be allowed initially connecting New Delhi with other cities in India. Train services for passengers remained suspended since the countrywide lockdown was imposed to combat the coronavirus in March to slow down the transmission of the virus. The lockdown is scheduled to end on May 17.
Recently the government further says passengers will have to reach the station 90 minutes before and entry will be stopped 15 minutes before the trains leave. Each passenger will undergo screening before they enter the station and only those who are asymptomatic will be allowed to board, the government said today. The special trains will have only air-conditioned coaches – first, second and third AC.
Senior Railways officer Arun Kumar urged the passengers to carry light luggage with them. Wearing a mask will be mandatory throughout the journey and the passengers will also have to follow the social distancing rules. Railway department and home and health ministers had discussion regarding the allow of the train movement.
Tickets are only available online and only passengers with confirmed e-tickets will be allowed to enter the station. After reaching their destination they will have to follow the health protocols as per health protocols of the state. All the trains will run with AC coaches only and will have limited stops. Recently, the centre has also allowed special trains to take migrants, students and others stranded by the lockdown to their destination.