Train tickets for the all air-conditioned segments of several inter-city special trains that started on Tuesday including Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Bhubaneswar, Delhi-Howrah have been booked in advance, with some booked for six-seven days. In several trains, the more expensive AC-1 coaches – which score higher on a space per person matrix – were fully booked, indicating a preference for hygiene.
This rush to travel in trains – despite the danger of exposing oneself to asymptomatic Covid-19 people by breathing the same air and using a common toilet – can be explained by the travellers stuck in wrong cities due to the sudden announcement of lockdown, where people did not get an opportunity to travel back. All AC train travellers were mandated to download “aarogya setu” app, which tracks Covid-19 positive patients. About 3,461 travellers moved out from Delhi to Bengaluru, Dibrugarh and Bilaspur, in three trains on Monday.