Shubham Jaiswal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Indian Railways has cancelled all regular train tickets booked for travel till June 30. The Indian Railways on Thursday announced that full refunds will be issued to all passengers who had booked tickets for travel in these special trains.
These recent steps do not include the Shramik trains and special IRCTC trains that started running from May 12. Shramik Special trains are taking migrant labourers from different states at their home states while the special trains are running on 15 routes to ferry stranded Indians across the country.
Indian Railways reopened parts of its huge rail network on Tuesday, running a limited number of passenger trains as govt looks at easing a nearly seven-week lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
IRCTC has charted new provisions for the cancellation, booking, RAC and other policies in the special trains.
New IRCTC booking rules:
1- The Advanced Reservation Period (ADR) for these special trains will be a maximum of 7 days.
2- Ticket booking counters at the railway stations shall remain closed.
3- Online cancellation of tickets will be permitted upto 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the trains and cancellation charges 50% of the fare.
4- Those who earlier booked tickets to travel during this period cannot travel.
5- No RAC or No Waiting List ticket will be issued.
6- No blankets will be provided.
7- The passengers shall reach the station at least 90 minutes in advance to facilitate thermal screening at the station.
8- All seats will not be available for booking in the passenger trains.