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Railway ticket reservation: Indian Railways will also book tickets from the Railway Reservation Centers for special air-conditioned special trains and non-air-conditioned special trains from Friday (22 May).
Apart from this, tickets can also be booked through 1.70 lakh common service centers and authorized agents spread across the country. The Railway Ministry has issued orders in this regard late Thursday (May 21).
Different rail zones will set protocols and time tables in this regard which will be done according to local conditions. With the online ticket booking for the existing air-conditioned Rajdhani special trains and 100 pairs of non-air-conditioned trains running from June 1 onwards.
Tickets can now be booked through reservation centers and common service centers across the country, according to information from the Railway Ministry.
The announcement was made a day later by the Indian Railways, when it announced running 100 pairs of trains from June 1. Railways had suspended passenger, mail and express train services since 25 March. At the same time, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted that the social distancing rules have to be followed during ticket booking. There will be no rush anywhere. The concerned railway zone will make arrangements in this regard.
Railways said that reservation tickets will open in a phased manner from Friday and information about their respective places and times will be given as per local needs and conditions.
The Railway Board order states, “Shramik’ special trains will continue to operate as per the existing rules of the state governments. These booking facilities will significantly reduce the burden on passengers who depend on ticket counters to travel.
Since May 1, the Railways have started special labor trains to carry stranded migrant workers, students, pilgrims, and tourists. The national transporter also started running 15 pairs of special AC trains from May 12.
5.30 lakh rail tickets booked till now
A large number of people have purchased online tickets in the first-day reservation ticket booking on Thursday (May 21) for a hundred pairs of trains starting from June 1. Booking for 101 trains opened on the first day, with more than 5.30 lakh tickets booked till 5 pm.
In the first two hours when booking started, the Railways sold about 1.49 lakh tickets for 2.9 lakh passengers in 73 trains.
A senior Railway Ministry official said that till 12 noon, 73 trains were made available in the system for booking. “And in the first two hours, 1,49,025 tickets were booked for 2,90,510 passengers,” the official said. These tickets are being booked online through the IRCTC website and its mobile application.
It can be seen a sigh of relief for many of us fellow Indian citizens who were stuck somewhere and had waited so long to reach their respective homes till now.
So, at last, they are able to reach home but the risk of coronavirus spreading will be obvious despite all the arrangements made at the passenger as well as railways end.