Railways to resume operations starting Tuesday. Know how to book tickets amid lockdown & nbsp
- Passenger train operations will resume on May 12, initially with 15 pairs of trains.
- The reservation of tickets for the reservation on these trains will be only online
- Ticket reservation counters at railway stations will be closed
New Delhi: The railways announced Sunday that it has decided to gradually resume passenger train services, but existing Shramik special trains will continue to operate under the current system at the request of the concerned state governments. Passenger train operations will resume from Tuesday (May 12), initially with 15 pairs of trains. These trains will run as special trains from the New Delhi station that connects 15 major cities in the country. IRCTC will begin booking tickets starting today (May 11).
According to the railways circular, these trains will run as special trains from the New Delhi station connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Central Mumbai, Ahmedabad. and Jammu Tawi. Thereafter, more special services will be started on new routes, depending on available coaches. Additional details, including train schedule, will be issued separately by Railways.
Ticket reservation rules in the middle of closing:
In view of the current situation of the coronavirus in the country, the reservation for the reservation on these trains will be online only. Ticket reservation counters at railway stations will remain closed and no counter tickets (including platform tickets) will be issued.
IRCTC ticket reservation procedure:
Step 1: Register as an individual and log in by entering your username and password. On the “Reserve your ticket” page, provide the desired station, travel date, and travel class. (In case you do not have a fixed travel date, select the option “Flexible with date”).
Step 2: To search the list of trains, click on the “Search for trains” option and the next page will show the list of available trains for the selected route. If you want to know the route and timetables, click on the name of the train. To select the train from the list of trains, click the class type available on the selected train.
Step 3: To get availability and rate, click the “check availability and rate” tab. It will show the rate according to the type of class selected. The rate that will appear will be for a single adult passenger. To book a ticket on the selected train, click the “Book Now” button.
Step 4: The passenger reservation page will appear. Check if the train name, station names, class and travel date shown on the left side of the page are the same as you want. Enter the names of the passengers, age, sex, bunk preference and food choices for each passenger. The maximum length of names should be restricted to 16 characters.
Step 5: Enter the passenger’s mobile phone number to receive the free reservation and cancellation SMS and then click on the ‘Next’ button. After providing the correct details, click the Continue Booking button. To change any detail related to Train-Class, Fee, you can use the “Replan Booking” button. Ticket details, total fee (including GST and convenience fee), and availability of bunks at the particular time will appear on the screen.
Step 6: After verifying all the details, click the “Continue Booking” button for the payment process. All payment options are grouped into specific categories (for example, credit cards, net banking, wallets and multiple payment services, etc. Select the desired payment option from the payment gateway menus shown on the side left.
Step 7: Click the “Make Payment” button to redirect you to the website of the selected bank. After successful payment and accommodation reservation, the ticket confirmation page will appear. In addition, the virtual reservation message (VRM) in the form of SMS will be sent by mobile phone number (as provided in the passenger reservation form).
Train ticket reservation time:
Ticket reservation for these special passenger trains will begin at 4 pm on May 11 and will be available only on the IRCTC website (https://www.irctc.co.in/).
Station rules for passengers:
Only passengers with confirmed valid tickets will be able to enter the railway stations.
Passengers will be required to cover their faces and undergo a check-out upon departure.
Only asymptomatic passengers may board the train.