The trains from New Delhi will head to Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi. It will be mandatory for passengers to wear masks and undergo screening at the point of departure. Booking for reservation in these trains will start at 4 pm on May 11 and will be available only on the IRCTC website (www.irctc.co.in). Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the trains. Ticket booking services at stations will remain closed and no counter tickets (including platform tickets) will be issued.
For these trains, which will have only air conditioned classes i.e. first AC, second AC and third AC, only online tickets can be booked via IRCTC website or mobile application.
These trains will now run at its full capacity of around 1,700 passengers.
Protocols for booking, entry and movement of passengers; and coach service specifications shall be widely publicised by ministry of railways. Current booking, tatkal, and premium tatkal booking shall not be permitted.
Online cancellation shall be permitted up to 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the train. Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter stations, the railways said.
The tickets will have dos and don'ts for passengers.
Passengers have also been asked to travel with light luggage, said senior Railways officer Arun Kumar.
Passengers shall observe social distancing both at the station and on trains.
The rules also say once they arrive at their destination, they have to follow the health protocols of the state.
All governments should cooperate with the railways in running of more number of special trains so that the travel of the stranded migrant workers is facilitated at a faster rate.