Lockdown 3.0: List of trains proposed to be introduced as special trains

Police officers examine the railway track after a train ran over migrant workers

MHA issues SOP for train passengers as rail services set to resume

The Railway officials said the fourth special train to Danapur left Malur at 4.55 pm with 1,200 passengers on board.

The trains will run from New Delhi station connecting 15 stations and also return from there, and these stations are - Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.

Just when the IRCTC was supposed to start functioning after an unprecedented hold on train movement in the country due to the pandemic, users started facing difficulty in booking reservations or even logging in.

The order issued by the MHA states that only those persons who have confirmed e-tickets will be allowed to travel by train. Ticket counters, including those for platform tickets, at all stations will remain closed.

When train services restart tomorrow for limited operations, passengers have to be at the station 90 minutes in advance and entry will be stopped 15 minutes before the trains leave. Tatkal services have also been suspended.

Online cancellation of tickets will be permitted only up to 24 hours before the scheduled train departure with cancellation charge of 50% of the fare.

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- During boarding and travel, all passengers will have to observe social distancing.

- On arrival at their destination, the passengers will have to adhere to health protocols as are prescribed by the destination state or Union Territory.

- The movement of the passenger (s), as well as the driver of the vehicle transporting the passenger (s) to and fro the railway station, shall be allowed on the basis of the confirmed e-ticket.

- All passengers shall be provided with hand sanitizer at entry and exit points at the station and in coaches.

Five special trains left for various destinations including Udhampur on Sunday carrying about 5,700 passengers, Railway officials said. Further, it would be ensured that all passengers wear face covers/ masks at entry and during travel. Passengers are to install the COVID-19 tracker app Aarogya Setu on their mobile phones.

All governments should cooperate with the railways in running of more number of special trains so that the travel of the stranded migrant workers is facilitated at a faster rate.

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