The Indian Railways is all set to run 200 new trains on the first day of Unlock 1.0, i.e. 1 June 2020.These trains will be different from the current 15 pairs of Shramik trains which are already running. Bookings for these 200 trains have already started from 21 May. Passengers can also book their tickets four months in advance. In addition, tickets can now be booked from railway counters along with IRCTC websites and mobile application as well.
In its new move, the Indian Railways has increased the advance reservation period (ARP) for all special trains from 30 days to 120 days. These include 15 pairs of trains already operating on the route of Rajdhani trains from 12 May and also the 100 pairs of new trains which will run from 1 June. Passengers will also be able to avail the facility of tatkal tickets for them. According to sources, around 26 lakh passengers have booked advanced tickets for the month of June only.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the Indian Railways has set some mandatory guidelines and rules for passengers. The rules and guidelines will also be applicable in the 15 pairs of AC Shramik trains. No unreserved ticket will be issued to any passenger during the journey and no other such tickets will be issued as well. Ticket checking officers will not have the right to issue tickets during the journey.
Meanwhile, RAC and waiting tickets will be given as per the existing rules, however the person with a waiting ticket will not be allowed to board the train. All passengers will be required to wear face cover/ mask during entry and during the journey. After arriving at their destination, passengers will have to follow health protocols that have been made by the state/UT there.
To facilitate thermal screening at the station, passengers have to reach the station at least 90 minutes before their departure. Individuals who show any symptoms of Covid-19 will not be allowed to travel in trains. Social distancing would have to be maintained at all times. Also, only passengers with a valid/confirmed ticket will be allowed inside the station. Once inside, passengers will not be provided blankets, pillows or sheets for the journey.