In what will come as a relief to travellers, Indian Railways is reportedly planning to start 45 pairs of trains (90 new special trains) starting next week. The first list of these proposed special trains has been sent to the Home Ministry for approval.
The new special trains can be started as soon as next week once the necessary approvals are in place, said reports.
For a journey in these trains, tickets can be booked from IRCTC, 120 days in advance from the date of travel. Some seats in these trains have been reserved for booking under the Tatkal quota which means that instant booking facility will also be available in these special trains.
The guidelines issued by the Ministry of Railways and the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare for the prevention against coronavirus will strictly be followed for travel on these trains.
The Railways have been running as many as 30 Rajdhani Express trains since May 12 with an addition of 200 mail or express trains since June 1.
The Indian Railways has already allowed booking of tickets in Tatkal quota on all of the 230 special trains already running. It is to be noted that barring these special trains, all normal commercial passenger trains have been suspended till August 12 in view of ballooning coronavirus cases in the across the states. The bookings of tickets for these special trains under ‘tatkal’ can be started from 30 June.