Indian Railways to restart passenger train from 12th May with 15 pairs of trains


Indian Railways plans to gradually restart passenger train operations from 12th May, 2020, initially with 15 pairs of trains (30 return journeys).

These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi Station connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi. 

Thereafter, Indian Railways shall start more special services on new routes, based on the available coaches after reserving 20,000 coaches for COVID-19 care centres and adequate number of coaches being reserved to enable operation of up to 300 trains everyday as “Shramik Special” for stranded migrants. 

Booking for reservation in these trains will start at 4 pm on 11th May and will be available only on the IRCTC website (


Ticket booking counters at the railway stations shall remain closed and no counter  tickets (including platform tickets) shall be issued.

Ministry of Railway also clarify that existing Shramik special trains will continue to run as per current system on the request of the concerned state governments.

Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway stations.  It will be mandatory for the passengers to wear face cover and undergo screening at departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train. Further details including train schedule will be issued separately in due course.



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  1. It is suicidal to run inter-State trains at this stage. And that too at a time when the peak of infection has not yet reached. Let good sense prevail on our central government to stop this foolish decision and think of restarting only from June if daily cases drop significantly. Let us not loose all the benefits of the three good lockdown with this foolish misadventure.

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