From June 1, the Indian Railways will run 200 new time-tabled non-air conditioned trains. All the passengers will be allowed to book tickets which will be available online.
Railways will run 200 new trains from June 1. (Rep photo: PTI)
The Indian Railways has decided to expand its passenger train services from 15 to 200 from June 1. From next month, the Indian Railways will run 200 new time-tabled non-air conditioned trains. The 15 passenger trains that have been running since May 12 were air-conditioned.
No tickets will be sold at any railway station to travel in the new passenger trains. All categories of passengers will be allowed to book tickets which will be available online. The online booking of these trains shall commence in a few days. The routes and schedule of these trains will be intimated soon.
However, the railways is yet to announce which routes the trains will run on.
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The decision to introduce 200 more passenger trains has come two days after the Central government extended the nationwide lockdown in view of the soaring cases of coronavirus.
In addition, the Indian Railways is also going to double the number of Shramik trains to bring more relief to the migrants rendered jobless and stuck in other states due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
More than 21.5 lakh migrants have been transported to their home states through Shramik special trains in 19 days. Till May 19, more than 1,600 trains to ferry migrants to their home states have been run.
The railways has also appealed the migrants to not panic, saying efforts were underway to ensure all of them reach their home states at the earliest.
Railways has also asked the state governments to identify and locate the migrants, who have been walking on roads with their belongings to reach their native places and ferry them to the nearest mainline railway station after registering them at the nearest district hqrs so that arrangements could be made for their further travel through Shramik trains.