Indian Railways starts accepting ticket bookings from April 15: Report
New Delhi : The lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will end on April 14, and on the positive note, the Indian Railways has started accepting ticket bookings from April 15 for its passenger trains.
A senior government official told the Economic Times that bookings will be accepted by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) from April 15, "naturally when the lockdown is till April 14", but added that passenger train operations may not resume entirely.
The train services were suspended on March 22 till March 31, even before the lockdown was announced. However, the good train services were exempted from the suspension.
It will now “gradually” begin the passenger services from April 15, the official added.
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on April 1 asked the railways to make supply services available on more routes for quick transportation of medicines, essential equipment, and foodstuff. Notably, around 9,000 goods trains are operating despite the lockdown on passenger trains.
The Ministry has said that special parcel trains are operational on eight routes and they plan to add another 20 across zones, as per the report.
In India, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases is on a rise and the toll has crossed 2000 mark with over 50 deaths.