NewDelhi: Indian Railways on Thursday, 21 May, said that within two hours of online booking opening, 1,49,025 tickets were booked for the first set of 73 special passenger trains that will be run from 1 June.
The booking began at 10 am on Thursday. Shortly after, the IRCTC also tweeted saying, “Website is working fine. Tickets are getting booked.”
A Railways Ministry spokesperson said that only online e-ticketing will be done through the IRCTC website or through its mobile application.
Indian Railways on Wednesday had released a list of 200 new passenger trains that will start running from 1 June along with a new set of guidelines. The online bookings for the trains will begin on 21 May.
Here’s the full list of trains:
He also said, “some states did not cooperate with us to run special trains for sending back migrant workers to their homes. I think there are around 40 lakh people who want to return to West Bengal but only 27 special trains have entered the state so far.”
The new guidelines released by Railways is as following:
- The trains shall run from 1 June and booking of all these trains will commence from 10 am on 21 May
- These will be fully reserved trains having both AC, non-AC classes; general coaches shall also have reserved seats for sitting
- Second seating (2S) fare shall be charged for general coaches being reserved; seat to all passengers
- Only online tickets allowed to be booked; advance reservation period shall be maximum 30 days for trains to be run from 1 June
- RAC, waitlist to be generated but waiting list ticket-holders not permitted to board trains to be run from 1 June
The Railways also said that only four categories of Divyangjan concession and 11 categories of patient concessions are permitted in these special trains.
Aarogya Setu app is mandatory for any passenger to travel on these 200 special trains.
The announcement came a week after the national transporter started running the 15 pairs of special air conditioned trains.
He also appealed the state governments to help the migrant workers and list their names and provide it to railways so that it can run more Shramik Special trains.
Till date, the national transporter has operated a total of 1,595 Shramik Special trains from various states across the country and transported more than 21 lakh passengers.The railways also started to run the 15 pairs of Special AC trains to different parts of the country.