The will start the operations of 200 trains from 1 June, in addition to already operational 30 Rajdhani like special AC trains and Shramik special trains for migrant labourers. The decision to run the mail and express trains came two months after the lockdown was announced across India to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The train services will initially begin with 15 pairs of trains or with 30 journeys from Tuesday i.e. May 12 2020 . These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi Station connecting 15 important cities of the country.
Tickets can only be booked online via IRCTC website or through the Mobile App. The online booking for the trains will resume from 4 pm on Monday. Ticket booking counters at the railway stations shall remain closed and no counter tickets. Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway stations. It will be mandatory for the passengers to wear face cover and undergo screening at departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train.
These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi Station connecting 15 important cities of the country. These cities are Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Trivandrum, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.
Indian railway started on April 16th, 1853, the first train in India left Bori Bunder, in Bombay ( Now Mumbai ), for its destination than, 34 kilometres away.
The 14-carriage train was hauled by three steam locomotives: Sahib, Sindh and Sultan. It carried 400 people and ran on a line of 34 kilometres (21 mi) built and operated by the Great Indian Peninsula Railway.
Ministry of indian railways tweeted that
" It is clarified that all Passenger train services are fully cancelled, across the nation, till 3rd May 2020 and there is no plan to run any special train to clear the passenger rush". Also earlier tweet it was mentioned that Refund will be provided for trains cancelled till may 3rd.
For more information pls visit Indian railway web site.
As of March 31, all trains across the country have been cancelled.
It has been reported that trains including Premium Trains, Mail/Express Trains, Passenger Trains, Suburban Trains, Kolkata Metro rail, Konkan Railway etc. shall be cancelled till 24:00 of 31 March.
Indian Railways has taken this step to prevent the spread of coronavirus as a social epidemic. According to the announcement of the cancellation of trains, all passenger trains, including long-distance mail - fast trains and intercity connecting trains, will not run until midnight on the 31st.
Similarly, flying train and suburban train service has also been cancelled. Metro trains across the country will not run until midnight on March 31.
At the same time, it has been announced that only freight trains will run across the country.
For more information please visit http://contents.irctc.co.in/en/Important_Notice_COVID.pdf