Indian Railways resumes reservations through selective ticket counters from today


The Indian Railways on Friday opened its reservation counters and portals for booking and cancellation of reserved tickets. 


Passenger train services had remained shut for weeks during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown.

"From today booking/cancellation of reserved tickets shall also be available at Post Offices, Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendra licensees and through authorised agents of IRCTC along with Passenger Reservation System counters of reservation centres and Common Service Centers," said the Indian Railways.

The Ministry of Railways on Thursday had said that the Indian Railways will be opening its reservation counters for booking of reserved tickets in a phased manner from May 22.

The statement also read that the Shramik Special trains will continue to be handled by state governments as per the existing protocols.

Opening of all these booking facilities once again will mark an important step in the graded restoration of passenger railway services and making the task of ticket booking easy for all prospective travellers from all parts of India in reserved trains.

The Ministry also said that the zonal railways will have to adhere to social distancing guidelines and observe the hygiene protocols in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting from March 24 midnight, India was under lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. The lockdown, effective March 25, is supposed to end on April 14. 

However, on April 14, in an address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the 21-day national lockdown has been extended till May 3.

On May 1, the Centre again extended the ongoing nationwide lockdown for two more weeks with effect from May 4 till May 17 while allowing different sets of relaxations in red, orange and green zones.

On May 17, the Union Home Ministry extended the ongoing lockdown till May 31. 


With inputs from ANI

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