- Indian Railways is on the way to becoming Green Railway by 2030
As Indian Railways resumed ticket booking on Monday (May 11, 2020) it received ticket booking worth ₹10 crores to 54,000 passengers within hours of opening the portal. The Indian railway has facilitated 30 special trains as it resumed functioning after a prolonged period of two months due to pandemic-induced lockdown.
The revenue generated from railway reservation for these air-conditioned (AC ) trains was around Rs10 crore. Thousands willing to book travel tickets were kept waiting at the IRCTC website as instead of 4 pm, the bookings opened two hours later schedule at 6 pm because the IRCTC site crashed due to the heavy traffic for tickets.
Nevertheless, all tickets for the Howrah-New Delhi train were booked within the 10 minutes inception. The Howrah-New Delhi train is scheduled to begin its journey today at 5.05 pm.
Details of special trains of Indian Railways
- Fifteen pairs of special trains of Indian Railways will be carrying passengers from one stop to another. The trains will run from New Delhi railway station to other cities including Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai.
- Eight trains will start on Tuesday – three from New Delhi to Dibrugarh, Bengaluru, and Bilaspur. The rest of the trains will start from Howrah, Patna, Bengaluru, Mumbai Central, and Ahmedabad for New Delhi. All the trains will only have air-conditioned coaches.
- The Indian Railways also issued new guidelines for traveling on these special trains from Tuesday (May 12), asking passengers to carry their food and linen and arrive at stations at least 90 minutes before departure for health screening.
- According to the railway schedule issued by the Railways, the trains will run either daily, weekly, or bi-weekly from May 12 to 20 as of now. There are no trains scheduled on May 16 and May 19.
- Bookings will be available only on the IRCTC official website and no booking can be done through ‘agents’-both IRCTC agents and Railway Agents.