The Indian Railways has decided to expand its 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 are running since May 12 were air-conditioned.
"The fare of those trains are going to be minimal sleeper rates and may be availed by all categories of individuals ," a railway official said. they're going to be plied additionally to the Shramik special and therefore the air-conditioned special trains which are currently being operated on the Rajdhani routes connecting 15 major cities to Delhi.
No tickets are going to be sold at any railroad station to travel within the new passenger trains. All categories of passengers are going to be allowed to book tickets which can be available online. the web booking of those trains shall commence during a few days. The routes and schedule of those trains are going to be intimated soon.
However, the railways is yet to announce which routes the trains will run on.
Earlier, the railways had cancelled all its regular passenger services till June 30.
Railways said the move to start out these 200 trains would even be helpful for migrants who can avail these trains if they're unable to board the Shramik Special trains.
The decision to introduce 200 more passenger trains has come two days after the Central government extended the nationwide lockdown in sight of the soaring cases of coronavirus.
In addition, the Indian Railways is additionally getting to double the amount of Shramik trains to bring more relief to the migrants rendered jobless and stuck in other states thanks to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
More than 21.5 lakh migrants are transported to their home states through Shramik special trains in 19 days. Till May 19, quite 1,600 trains to ferry migrants to their home states are run.
The railways has also appealed the migrants to not panic, saying efforts were underway to make sure all of them reach their home states at the earliest.
Railways has also asked the state governments to spot and locate the migrants, who are walking on roads with their belongings to succeed in their native places and ferry them to the closest mainline railroad station after registering them at the closest district hqrs in order that arrangements might be made for his or her further travel through Shramik trains.