New Delhi: Railways may soon restart Shatabdi, mail and express trains on select routes as India is set to enter phase four of coronavirus lockdown with some more relaxations expected after May 17. The circular, which has been accessed by News18, states that booking tickets in waiting list will also be allowed but only limited reservations would be allowed in the category. Also, in case of fever, the passenger’s ticket would be refunded.
According to the order issued on Wednesday, the introduction of the provision of waiting list will begin from May 22. The waiting list had been capped up to for AC 3 tier, 50 for AC 2 tier, 200 for Sleeper Class, 100 for chair cars, and 20 each for First AC and Executive Class — truncating the queues for confirmed tickets significantly.
In order to maintain adequate measures of social distancing, no RAC (Reservation Against Confirmation), which allows seat sharing, would be allowed for now.
The services may be resumed on destinations like Delhi, Howrah, Bhubaneshwar, Dibrugarh, Bilaspur, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Patna, Bengaluru and Chennai.
The changes will come into effect for tickets booked from May 15 for journeys beginning from May 22.
The order from the railway board to the zones indicates that the railways is planning to run mixed services instead of the presently all air-conditioned trains. This also means that it could begin services to smaller towns along with the major cities that its Rajdhani specials cater to now.
So far there is no order from the railways to begin more services.