Providing relief to more people in the lockdown, the Indian Railways has decided to expand its passenger train services from 15 to 200 from June 1. The Indian Railways has decided to run 200 new time-tabled non-air conditioned trains for passengers.
Earlier, since May 12, 2020 15 passenger trains that have been running were air-conditioned. The air-conditioned special trains which are currently being operated on the Rajdhani routes connecting 15 major cities to Delhi.
A railway officer said “fare of these non-ac trains will be minimal sleeper rates and can be availed by all categories of people”.
All passengers will be allowed to book tickets which will be available online. The online booking of these trains shall commence in a few days. The routes and schedule of these trains will be intimated soon. Meanwhile, no tickets will be sold to passengers in railway station.
Earlier, the railways had cancelled all its regular passenger services till June 30.
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The new move to start these 200 trains would also be helpful for migrants who can avail these trains if they are unable to board the Shramik Special trains.
The Indian Railways is also going to double the number of Shramik trains to bring more relief to the migrants.
More than 21.5 lakh migrants have been transported to their home states through Shramik special trains in 19 days. Till May 19, more than 1,600 trains to ferry migrants to their home states have been run.
भारतीय रेल द्वारा निरंतर श्रमिक ट्रेनों का परिचालन जारी है: अब तक कुल 1600 ट्रेनों के माध्यम से लगभग 21.5 लाख श्रमिकों को उनके स्थानों तक पहुंचाया जा चुका है।
श्रमिकों को बड़ी राहत देते हुए भारतीय रेल आज के दिन लगभग 200 श्रमिक स्पेशल ट्रेनों का परिचालन करने जा रहा है।
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) May 19, 2020