Guwahati: Indian Railways has modified instructions for 230 trains, including 30 special Rajdhani type trains, which resumed services from May 12, and 200 Special Mail / Express trains, introduced from June 1.
Ministry of Railways has now decided to increase the advance reservation period (ARP) of all these notified Special trains from 30 days to 120 days. Booking of Parcel and luggage shall be permitted in all these 230 trains.
The above changes will come into effect from 08:00 hrs of train booking date of May 31, 2020 onwards.
Other terms and conditions e.g., current booking, tatkal quota allocation of seats to roadside stations etc., will be same as in regular timetabled trains, Subhanan Chanda, chief public relations officer, NF Railway said.
Meanwhile, on the Shramik special Trains running on a daily basis throughout the country or the benefit of migrants to travel to their homes, the NF Railway CPRO said, “It has been observed that some people who are availing this service have pre-existing medical conditions which aggravate the risk they face during the COVID-19 pandemic. A few unfortunate cases of deaths related to pre-existing medical conditions while travelling has happened.”
In order to protect the vulnerable persons from COVID-19, in line with Ministry of Home Affairs, (bearing order no 40-3/2020-DM-I(A) dated 17.05.2020), the Ministry of Railways makes an appeal that persons with co-morbidities (for example – hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, immune deficiency conditions), pregnant women, children below the age of 10 years and persons above 65 years of age may avoid travel by rail, except when it is essential.
“Indian Railway parivaar is working 24X7 to ensure that rail services are provided to all the citizens of the country needing to travel. But safety of our passengers is our biggest concern. So, we seek the cooperation of all citizens in this matter. In case of any distress or emergency please do not hesitate to reach out to your railway parivaar and we will help you as always (Helpline number – 139 & 138)”, the CPRO added.