IRCTC Special Trains: Full List, Route, Schedule, Online Booking Started

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IRCTC Special Trains: Full List, Route, Schedule, Online Booking Started
IRCTC Special Trains: Full List, Route, Schedule, Online Booking Started

The railway Commission of India has started normal passenger trains for the poor people of the country who are not able to go back to their houses because of the lockdown situation due to the Coronavirus. In this article, we will share with you all the important specifications of IRCTC Special Trains which will be running from 12th May to help all of the people who need to go back to their houses. In this article, we have shared the full list of trains route and the scheduled procedure of the train. We will also share with you the date on which the online booking will start.

We all know that the country is facing a lot of problems because of the lockdown but mainly the problem is for the people who are not able to go to their houses mainly because the passenger trains were called off a few days back amidst the lockdown situation in the country but now the railway administration have launched the trains once again so that the people can go back to their houses without any fear and without any anxiety. The trains will be running from Delhi till now but further, the trains will be inaugurated for the people.

The Indian Railways reported on Sunday the incomplete resumption of ordinary traveler train administrations from May 12. From Tuesday, the nodal rail body will restart the procedure on 15 significant courses. The trains would make and fro venture on these goals in the wake of withdrawing from New Delhi. The train tickets could be reserved from tomorrow. Reserving for reservation in these trains will begin from 4 pm on May 11 (Monday). Tickets can be reserved just online through the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) site or through its portable application. Booking tickets through operators isn’t permitted.

The traveler trains will have just AC mentors and will have restricted stoppage. The admissions of these trains will be that of Rajdhani trains, which implies all these will be all cooled prepared and will be accessible on premium passages. Progressively “unique” trains will be operational dependent on the accessibility of mentors. Subtleties, including the training plan, will be given independently at the appointed time.

We all know that the country faces a lot of problems due to the shutdown but the problem mainly is for people who cannot go home mainly because passenger trains were canceled a few days ago amid the closing state of the country. But now the railway administration launched the trains again so that people can go home without fear and without any concern. Trains will run from Delhi until now but then, trains will be opened for people.

 Ministry of Railways on Sunday announced that passenger train services would gradually resume in the country starting May 12. Booking for special 15 air-conditioned trains started from 4 pm today. The fare would be equivalent to the super-fast train and can only be booked online through IRCTC's official website as ticket booking counters at the railway stations would remain closed.

These special trains would run on Rajdhani routes between the national capital New Delhi and Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi. These special trains would also have some stoppages in select cities.  

Indian Railways has said that passengers would have to wear face covers and undergo screening at departure and only asymptomatic passengers would be allowed. Only the passengers with valid confirmed tickets would be allowed to enter the railway stations. They have also been asked to reach the railway stations at least 90 minutes before the train's departure. Interestingly, passengers on these trains may not receive any blankets and linen to reduce the chances of the coronavirus spreading. There would also be special norms for the air-conditioning inside the coaches.

Railway officials said that unlike Shramik Special trains used to transport migrant laborers in which only 54 passengers were allowed instead of 72, these trains would run at full capacity. The Railway ministry is also looking to start more special services on new routes based on availability after reserving 20,000 coaches for COVID-19 care centers and up to 300 Shramik Special trains every day.

 In good news for the common man, Indian Railways has decided to open passenger ticket reservation counters at railway stations across the country from Friday. The ticket booking counters at railway stations will be opened in a phased manner and the instructions for the same have been issued to the zonal railways. Meanwhile, earlier in the day the booking for Indian Railways special trains that commence services from June 1 began on the IRCTC website ( Indian Railways has already released the full list of IRCTC special trains that will run from June 1. These 200 special trains will be over and above the Shramik special trains and the 15 pairs of air-conditioned trains that IRCTC has already been running.

These trains will be fully reserved special trains. Earlier, Indian Railways had said that train tickets for the IRCTC special trains can only be booked online on the IRCTC website or the IRCTC Moblie app. The 200 special trains that will start services from June 1 will include Duronto and Janshatabdi trains as well. The advance reservation period for these new 200 special IRCTC trains is 30 days. The trains will have both air-conditioned (AC) and non-AC coaches, including General Sleeper (GS) coaches of Indian Railways. There will be no unreserved coach in these trains, and even the GS coaches will have reserved seats for passengers. Indian Railways has also released a list of IRCTC ticket booking rules, tatkal rules, current online booking, and RAC rules for these special 200 trains.

Indian Railways has suspended the services of passenger, express, and mail trains post-March 21 owing to the Coronavirus pandemic. Only freight trains and parcel trains are allowed to transport essential items in the country. For the first time, after 50 days post-lock-down period, the Indian Railways has decided to run 15 pairs of trains. These trains run as special trains and start from New Delhi station and travel to important cities within the country. The 15 trains run as special AC trains starting from New Delhi to other important cities in the country. They include Dibrugarh, Agartala, Secunderabad, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Howrah, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Jammu Tawi, and Ahmedabad.

In what seems to be a major step towards the restoration of normal activity, Indian Railways have decided to run 15 pairs of trains starting May 12. They will run as special trains starting from New Delhi and connecting 15 important cities in the country. All the trains will be fully air-conditioned and follow the Covid-19 norms, such as social distancing. As such AC-3 tier coaches allow 52 passengers, whereas AC-2 tier coaches only allow 48 passengers owing to social distancing. The trains will run with limited stoppages and that too for an operational basis. 

The bookings for these special trains can be made only on the IRCTC website or mobile application starting May 11 at 6 pm. These trains are being run on a pilot basis to check for the demand of passengers for interstate transportation. The railways would assess the situation after 7-10 days. Indian Railways will start special services on new routes based on the availability of coaches. A total of 2000 coaches for Covid-19 care centers and an adequate number of coaches that enable the operation of 300 trains are reserved for Shramik special.

In line with Covid-19 norms, the Indian Railways would follow all the necessary hygiene norms. It involves the mandatory wearing of facemasks for passengers and screening of travelers at departure. Only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to travel on the train. Railways are set to offer bottled water on payment. But the passengers need to carry their own linen, drinking water, food, dry-ready to eat food.

IRCTC is running around 110 special trains for the convenience of the people in view of the festivals. Out of these, Northern Railway is running 26 trains with a maximum of 312 trips. In view of the continuous festive season due to Durga Puja, the rush on trains has increased significantly. Because of this, it has been decided to operate so many trains simultaneously. These trains will make a total of 668 trips and will run till Chhath Puja.

Apart from running festival special trains on various routes falling under 13 different zones of the country, the railway department has also added coaches in regular trains to clear the rush of Diwali and Chhath. Also, crowd control measures have been implemented at almost all the initial railway stations. This will help in transporting the huge rush of train passengers to their destination in the right way.

Apart from Northern Railway, Western Railway is operating 18, West Central Railway is operating 12 trains. Apart from running these special trains, railway authorities have implemented crowd control measures at almost all the initial railway stations like New Delhi and others, where the heavy rush of train passengers is reported every year during the festive season.

“May I Help You” booths have also been set up at all major stations to assist people. RPF personnel and TTE will be present here. Along with this, medical, and paramedical teams will also be available with ambulances to deal with emergencies in case of health problems the people. Necessary suggestions are also being given to the passengers to avoid corona during the journey.

Brahmaputra Mail became the first train to carry passengers on electric traction Moving towards green transportation in the country, train service was started on fully electric traction. The first passenger train reached Kamakhya station recently. This train (No. 05956) after covering a distance of 2000 km from Delhi reached Kamakhya station in Guwahati. Similarly, the same train (No. 05955) went from Kamakhya to New Delhi in return. Earlier on October 21, the North East Frontier Railway had run the first parcel train entirely on electric traction.

In a major announcement, the Indian Railways said it plans to gradually restart passenger train operations from May 12, initially with 15 pairs of trains (30 return journeys). These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi Station connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi. 

In a statement, the Ministry of Railways said the state-run transporter shall start more special services on new routes, based on the available coaches after reserving 20,000 coaches for COVID-19 care centers and an adequate number of coaches being reserved to enable the operation of up to 300 trains every day as “Shramik Special” for stranded migrants.

Booking for reservations on these trains will start at 4 pm on Monday and will be available only on the IRCTC website. However, ticket booking counters at the railway stations will remain shut and no counter tickets (including platform tickets) will be issued. Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway stations.

In line with the government's hygiene norms, it will be mandatory for passengers to wear face covers. They will also have to undergo screening at departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train. Further details including the train schedule will be issued separately in due course, the Ministry said.

IRCTC Special Trains Rules And Regulations

Following rules and regulations must be followed by the passengers on the train:-

  • It is compulsory for all travellers on these 15 sets of extraordinary administration trains to wear face spread/veil and will be ordered to experience screening at the hour of flight.
  • Just healthy travellers will be permitted to go on the trains.
  • No concession will be permitted to travellers on the unique trains.
  • No arrangement of tatkal and premium tatkal settlement.
  • No Current booking will be permitted.
  • Concessional tickets and tickets against free complimentary passes which are not reimbursable will not be allowable on this train.
  • Just point to point booking will be permitted. No bunch/BPT appointments/mass appointments and so forth will be allowed.
  • Online crossing out will be allowed up to 24hrs before booked takeoff of the train. Crossing out charges will be half of the toll.
  • No providing food charges to be remembered for the toll.
  • Arrangement for prepaid supper booking and e-cooking will be impaired, anyway, IRCTC will make arrangements for ‘dry prepared to eat’ dinners and bundled drinking water on instalment ready.
  • Every other term and conditions will stay the same as the material for the classification of train except if indicated previously.
Name IRCTC Special Trains
Launched by IRCTC
Beneficiaries People who are stuck outside of their houses
Objective Providing travel facilities for people
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