Guwahati: Indian Railways will start operations of 200 passenger train (100 pairs) services June 1. Booking of all these trains has already commenced from 10 am on May 21, said Northeast Frontier (NF) Railway chief public relations officer Subhanan Chanda.
These special services will be in addition to the existing Shramik special trains being run since May 1 and passenger special AC trains (30 trains) being run since May 12, 2020. Other regular passenger services, including all mail/express, passenger, and narrow gauge services will remain cancelled until further advice, Chanda added.
Tickets can be booked both online (through the IRCTC website or mobile app) and offline (PRS counters, ticketing agents, CSC, etc).
The advance reservation period will be a maximum of 120 days only. These trains will be special trains on the pattern of regular trains.
Trains will have both AC and non-AC classes and general coach with reserve seats. There will be no unreserved coaches.
Timings will be as per regular trains and all arrangements for stations (originating, terminating and en route stoppages) have been made in consultation with respective state governments. All arrangements for regular disinfecting, on-board cleaning of coaches and toilets at clean train stations are being ensured.
Only asymptomatic passengers with confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway station/ board the train. No en route passenger will be allowed without reservation. RAC and waitlist tickets will be generated as per extant rules; however, waiting list ticket holders will not be permitted to board the train. No tickets will be issued on board by TTEs to any passenger during the journey. Any vacant berth will be given to RAC passengers only.
Refund of fare will be granted to passenger/passengers if found unfit to travel. Railway Passengers (Cancellation of Ticket and Refund of Fare) Rules, 2015 will be applicable for ticket cancellation.
Linen, blankets and curtains will not be provided inside the trains.
Four categories of Divyangjan concession and 11 categories of patient concessions are permitted in these special trains.
Catering charges are not included in the fare. Passengers are encouraged to carry their own food and drinking water. However, IRCTC will make provision for limited packaged food / meal, drinking water, beverages on a payment basis only in those trains, having a pantry car attached.
The passengers will have to reach the station at least 90 minutes in advance to facilitate pre-boarding thermal screening. Passengers must download Aarogya Setu app, and strictly observe social distancing both at the station and on trains. Wearing of face covers at the entry and during travel is a must.
On arrival at their destination, the traveling passengers will have to adhere to all such health protocols as are prescribed by the destination state/UT.
More details about journey protocols are available on the IRCTC ticket booking website.
In NF Railway area, the following trains have been planned to run at present:
- 02377 / 02378 Sealdah – Alipurduar Padatik Express.
- 02407 / 02408 Amritsar – New Jalpaiguri Karmabhumi Express.
05484 / 05483 Delhi – Alipurduar Mahananda Express.
05955 / 05966 Delhi – Dibrugarh Brahmaputra Mail.
05645 / 05646 Guwahati – LTT Express.
02067 / 02068 Guwahati – Jorhat Town Jan Shatabdi Express.