The Indian Railways is accepting bookings for passenger trains April 15 onwards, as the nationwide curb on all modes of travel lifts on April 14. The national transporter, however, may not be able to get back in full swing, and service will resume only gradually.
The national transporter on March 22 announced that all its passenger trains would discontinue services till March 31.
Around 9,000 goods trains that run every day are operating as usual, the government has said.
“IRCTC is accepting booking from April 15, naturally when the lockdown is till April 14,” a senior government official said. Passenger train operations, however, may not resume entirely April 15 onwards. “We will have to bring back the work force gradually, we will start opening up passenger trains slowly.”
While reviewing the running of special parcel trains by the Railways to supply important items, railway minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday asked the officials to make the service available on more routes so that goods like medicines, essential equipment, edibles can be supplied quickly.
Parcel special trains are already running on eight routes and 20 more are in the pipeline in different zones, the railway ministry said.