Indian railways have announced that they will accept bookings for 200 special trains from June 1st to provide relief to stranded citizens. While bookings for these trains are set to be exclusively online, rail counter bookings are also expected to resume in the coming days, according to the railway minister Piyush Goyal.
Both A/C and Non A/C tickets can be booked online and General travel would be charged at second seating fare. The number of passengers allowed in general compartment cannot be more than the number of seats in the general compartment, according to a new law made by the Indian Railways in the wake of the novel Coronavirus outbreak.
Rail counter bookings, booking through agents, and services like Tatkal and Premium Tatkal have also been barred. People without confirmed ticket or onboarding of passengers on an onward journey has also been strictly prohibited by the railways, to avoid overcrowding of trains.
Charts are to be prepared 4 hours and 2 and a half hours before journey. Only online bookings on current status will be accepted between the preparation of two charts.