Indian Railways Services Resume with These New Rules


As Indian Railways is ready to partially resume its services from 12th May,20 it has issued new travel guidelines following the health protocols.IRCTC has announced the following new rules.

Passengers will have to report to the railway station 90 minutes prior to the journey, wear masks, and carry their own blanket or linen, according to guidelines issued by the Centre on Monday as a limited number of trains will begin to run today as on 12th May

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Travelers are also told to carry their own food and drinking water, download the Aarogya Setu App for tracking their health parameters and observe social distancing both at the station and on trains, the guidelines said. Railway officials, however, clarified that the AC coaches will run on full capacity.

“Provision for pre-paid meal booking, e-catering shall be disabled. However, the IRCTC shall make provision for limited eatables and packaged drinking water on a payment basis. Information to this effect shall be made available to passengers during the time of booking a ticket. Dry, ready-to-eat food and bottled water shall be provided on demand, inside the trains on a payment basis,” the guidelines said.

As per the guidelines of Indian railways only confirmed e-tickets will be considerable.RAC/Waiting list tickets and onboard booking by the staff is prohibited. Tatkal, premium, and current booking services are unavailable at this moment.No unreserved tickets (UTS) shall be permitted, it clarified. No catering charges will be included in the fare.

“For 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,” added the guidelines.

For trains canceled till 17th May 2020 by Indian Railways, a full refund will be provided automatically by IRCTC. Users need not cancel their e-tickets. Full fare will be credited back into users’ accounts from which payment was made.

Travelers are advised to strictly follow the health protocols as prescribed by destination states/UT.

The full refund for trains canceled till 17th May,20 will be automatically initiated by IRCTC, Users shall not cancel their e-tickets.

Online cancellation will be permitted only 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the train while cancellation charge shall be 50% of the 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.

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No stalls or booths on the platforms shall be opened. No train side vending would be permitted, the guidelines also advised passengers to “travel light.”

As the IRCTC website crashed in no time and delayed the booking by 2 hours. It is advised to be patient and not losing your calm during this health emergency in the country.

Operational Trains

1. New Delhi to Dibrugarh
2. New Delhi to Agartala
3. New Delhi to Howrah
4. New Delhi to Patna
5. New Delhi to Bilaspur
6. New Delhi to Ranchi
7. New Delhi to Bhubaneshwar
8. New Delhi to Secunderabad
9. New Delhi to Bengaluru
10.New Delhi to Chennai
11.New Delhi to Ahmedabad
12.New Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram
13.New Delhi to Jammu Tawi
14.New Delhi to Madgaon
15.New Delhi to Mumbai Central

The first train that will run is from Delhi to Bilaspur at 4 pm today.

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