Indian Railways said Tuesday that more than 82,000 passengers had booked seats on 30 special trains, which it resumed after nearly two months on several lines across the country.
Officials said 45,553 Passenger Name Recording (PNR) were invented and Indian Railways earned Rs 16,1515,63821 after selling tickets on the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website. More than one passenger can travel with one PNR.
Indian railways resumed passenger services on Tuesday, almost two months after the line was shut down as part of a nationwide blockade imposed as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of Covida-19.
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The first train to leave after a 51-day break, the first break in 167 years of railway history, starts its journey from New Delhi to Bilaspur on Tuesday at 4pm.
The line opened on Monday with 15 trains a day connecting Delhi with Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Calcutta and other major cities.
Reservations for these 15 pairs of passenger trains started at 18.00 hours Monday, two hours late due to technical problems, but all AC-1 and AC-3 tickets for the Howrah-New Delhi train were sold out within the first 10 minutes. All tickets for the special AC-1 and AC-3 Bhubaneswar-New Delhi trains are also sold until 6:30 pm.
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Indian Railways has introduced a range of health, booking and travel policies to track contacts and detect social exclusion in stations and on trains.
Passengers must book their general category of tickets online – on the IRCTC website and in their application. Several reserve racks will be opened, including for HOR (High Official Requirements) holders, freedom fighters and current and former Members of Parliament.
The fare structure will be similar to that of the Rajdani higher class, with special trains running in the first, second and third AC class. Tickets can be reserved within a maximum of seven days and only confirmed tickets can be purchased online.
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RAC’s (reservation against cancellation), waiting tickets and tickets on board are not allowed. Online cancellation is possible up to 24 hours before scheduled departure, at a 50% cancellation fee.
The government decided to reintroduce the ban on passenger trains on 1 March and linked New Delhi to Diebrugarh (Assam), Agartala (Tripura), Houra (West Bengal), Patna (Bihar), Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Bhubaneswar (Odesha), Secunderabad (Telangana), Bengaluru (Karnataka), Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Thiruvanananthapuram (Kerala), Madgaon (Goa), Central Mumbai (Maharashtra), Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and Jammu Tawi (Jammu and Kashmir).
The Indian railways worked the day before the blockade of the 25th. March nearly 14,000 passenger trains and transported 23 million passengers to slow down the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).