TRAINS AGAIN .. Railways to resume train services from Tuesday; bookings from Monday 4pm via net

NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways announced on Sunday that it will resume running of passenger train operations from May 12, Tuesday. Bookings will start at 4pm on Monday for a 15 pairs of trains, all from New Delhi to the following destinations: Mumbai Central, Chennai, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi. Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar and Secunderabad. 
More trains will be run in the coming days, depending on availability of rakes. Several rakes have been pressed into service for transporting migrant workers as also for Covid relief efforts across the country. Some 20,000 coaches are now reserved for Covid control centres while another set for Shramik Specials.
The bookings will start at 4pm Monday through the IRCTC website. “Ticket booking counters at the railway stations shall remain closed and no counter tickets (including platform tickets) shall be issued. Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway stations,” a railway announcement said.


The nationwide coronavirus count on Sunday crossed the 67,000-mark and  the number of deaths so far rose to 2,220, as per figures released by the health ministry. 

No fresh cases were reported from 10 states and Union Territories since Saturday, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Sunday that he will hold his fifth video conference with chief ministers on Monday, to take their views on the staggered relaxation of lockdown rules. 

Over 200 districts out of the total 720 across the country are Covid-free and more activities will be allowed there after the present end of the lockdown period on May 17, or even from this Tuesday, after the PM’s discussions with CMs. IHN-NN


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