200 trains carrying 1.45 lakh passengers begin journey


New Delhi (UNI)

About 200 regular time tabled trains (100 pairs) begin their journey on Monday carrying around 1.45 lakh passengers on the first day of ‘Unlock 1.0’ as the government eased lockdown restrictions announced to fight the Covid-19 pandemic across the country.

As many as 1.45 lakh passengers have booked tickets to travel on June 1, the first day of resumption of rail traffic. More than 26 lakh passengers have booked the advanced reservation tickets from June 1 to 30, data available with the Union Ministry of Railways said. According to Railway Board Chairman V K Yadav, the Railways will run more trains on specific routes that have high demand and also Shatabdi trains will be redeployed and booking will start soon.

Booking of tickets for these trains is being done online through the IRCTC website or the mobile app. The Railways has also allowed from May 22 the booking of reservation tickets through reservation counters, Common Service Centres (CSCs), and ticketing agents. These “special trains run on the pattern of regular trains” will cover tier 2 cities and also major state capitals like Mumbai and Kolkata, the Railways said.