Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), which handles online railway ticket operations, started its online bookings services earlier this week for both mail and express trains for April 14 onwards after the lockdown ends Though booking of tickets at railway counters is still not being done.
Officials said that though most of the bookings are being done for Patna-New Delhi and Patna-Mumbai but berths are available in many trains on all routes.
Railways has cancelled movements of all long distance mail, express and passenger trains from March 22 till April 14 following the nationwide lockdown. Siddharth Singh, PRO, at the New Delhi headquarters of IRCTC said, “Any passenger can now book his or her online journey tickets for mail and express trains running from April 15 onwards.
However, in the given situation, everything will depend on the advisory of the Railway Board, whether it will be feasible for railways to restore train services from April 15 or not.”
ECR chief public relations officer (CPRO) Rajesh Kumar said that no advisory or directive has come so far from the Railways Board,