Special 15 AC trains to operate from tomorrow


Ministry of Railways (MoR) in consultation with ministry of Health & Family welfare (MoHFW) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided that train services on Indian Railways shall be partially restored w.e.f. from 12th May 2020 in a graded manner. Fifteen pair of special trains (thirty trains) shall be operated. These services shall be in addition to the Shramik specials for transporting stranded persons, which are under operation w.e.f. 1st May 2020.

Other regular passenger services including all mail/express, passenger and suburban services shall remain cancelled until further advice. 

These special trains will have only air conditioned classes i.e. First, Second & Third AC. The fare structure for the ‘Special Trains’ shall be as applicable for the regular time tabled Rajdhani trains (excluding catering charges). 

Only online E-Ticketing will be done through IRCTC website or through Mobile App. No tickets will be booked across the reservation counter on any Railway Station. Booking of tickets through ‘agents’, (both IRCTC Agents and Railway Agents) shall not be permitted. Maximum Advance Reservation Period (ARP) will be of maximum 7 days. 

Only confirmed e-tickets shall be booked. Booking of RAC/Waiting list ticket and on board booking by ticket checking staff shall not be permitted. Current booking, tatkal and premium tatkal booking shall not be permitted. No Unreserved tickets (UTS) shall be permitted.

No catering charges shall be included in the fare. Provision for pre paid meal booking, e-catering shall be disabled. However, IRCTC shall make provision for limited eatables and packaged drinking water on payment basis. Information to this effect shall be made available to passengers during time of booking ticket. 

Passengers are encouraged to carry their own food and drinking water. Dry, ready-to-eat food and bottled water shall be provided on demand, inside the trains on payment basis. 

All passengers shall be compulsorily screened and only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to enter /board the train. 

Passengers travelling by these special services will observe the following precautions: Only passengers with Confirmed tickets shall be allowed to enter the railway station; all passengers shall be wearing face covers/masks at the entry and during travel; the passengers shall reach the station at-least 90 minutes in advance to facilitate thermal screening at the station. Only passengers who are found asymptomatic will be permitted to travel; passengers shall observe social distancing both at the station and on trains; and, on arrival at their destination, the travelling passengers will have to adhere to such health protocols as are prescribed by the destination state/UT.

Online cancellation shall be permitted up to 24hrs before scheduled departure of train. No cancellation permitted less than 24 hrs before departure of train.  Cancellation charge shall be 50% of fare. 

Zonal Railways have been instructed to ensure that there are separate entry and exit gates at Railway stations to the extent feasible so that there is no face to face movement of passengers. Zonal railways will be guided by standard social distancing guidelines on stations and trains and observe the safety, security and hygiene protocols. All passengers are advised to download and use the Aarogya Setu application. 

No linen, blankets and curtains shall be provided inside the train. Passengers are advised to carry their own linen for the travel. The temperature inside AC coaches shall be suitably regulated for this purpose. No stalls/ booths on the platforms shall be opened. No train side vending would be permitted. Passengers are advised to travel light. 

As per MHA guidelines the movement of the passenger(s) as well as the driver of the vehicle transporting the passenger(s) to and fro the railway station shall be allowed on the basis of the confirmed e-ticket.

Ministry of Railways (MoR) in consultation with Ministry of Health & Family welfare (MoHFW) and Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) has decided that train services on Indian Railways shall be partially restored w.e.f. from 12th May 2020 in a graded manner.

Fifteen pair of special trains (thirty trains) shall be operated w.e.f. 12-05-2020 as per the details (timings, frequency) given under:

S.No.Train NoFromDep.TimeToArr.TimeFrequency
102301Howrah1705New Delhi1000Daily
202302New Delhi1655Howrah0955Daily
302951Mumbai Central1730New Delhi0905Daily
402952New Delhi1655Mumbai Central0845Daily
502957Ahmedabad1820New Delhi0800Daily
602958New Delhi2025Ahmedabad1005Daily
702309Rajendranagar (T)1920New Delhi0740Daily
802310New Delhi1715Rajendranagar (T)0530Daily
902691Bengaluru2030New Delhi0555Daily
1002692New Delhi2115Bengaluru0640Daily
1102424New Delhi1645Dibrugarh0700Daily
1202423Dibrugarh2110New Delhi1015Daily
1302442New Delhi1600Bilaspur1200Biweekly
1402441Bilaspur1440New Delhi1055Biweekly
1502823Bhubaneswar1000New Delhi1045Daily
1602824New Delhi1705Bhubaneswar1725Daily
1702425New Delhi2110Jammu Tawi0545Daily
1802426Jammu Tawi2010New Delhi0500Daily
1902434New Delhi1600Chennai2040Biweekly
2002433Chennai0635New Delhi1030Biweekly
2102454New Delhi1530Ranchi1000Biweekly
2202453Ranchi1740New Delhi1055Biweekly
2302414New Delhi1125Madgaon1250Biweekly
2402413Madgaon1030New Delhi1240Biweekly
2502438New Delhi1600Secunderabad1400Weekly
2602437Secunderabad1315New Delhi1040Weekly
2702432New Delhi1125Thiruvananthapuram0525Triweekly
2802431Thiruvananthapuram1945New Delhi1240Triweekly
2902501Agartala1900New Delhi1120Weekly
3002502New Delhi1950Agartala1330Weekly

(Source: PIB)