Good news for passengers! The Indian Railways has announced that from 1 June, 200 non-air conditioned, time-tabled trains will resume services. These special passenger trains will be in addition to the Shramik Special trains that Indian Railways is running. The IRCTC e-ticket booking for these special non-AC passenger trains will begin online soon.
As people are continuously struggling to reach their home states amidst this COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Railways brings new measures for their safe passage home.
The non-AC trains will have second class coaches and will run every day. These trains will run along with the Shramik Special trains, and the air-conditioned special trains that are already running. Passengers can book trains under all categories.
However, the railway station ticket booking counters will remain closed, and you cannot purchase tickets from the counter — not even platform tickets. The routes for these trains are yet to be decided, but it is quite clear that these trains will ply to smaller towns and cities across India. These will be long-distance trains.
The Indian Railways has asked state governments to help the department identify migrants who are walking to reach home. They should be transported to the nearest mainline railway station after registration. According to Railways, they are trying to help migrants board trains from the station head on mainline, which is close to the existing location.
Migrant workers are asked to remain where they are, and it is up to the railways to help them reach home.
Meanwhile, the special air-conditioned trains are running from Delhi to various cities across the country: Ahmedabad, Agartala, Dibrugarh, Thiruvananthapuram, Patna, Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh), Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Howrah, Chennai, Jammu Tawi, among others.