Indian Railways have released the list of 200 (100 pairs) special trains. Passengers can book the train tickets on these special trains from May 21, 10:00 AM onwards through IRCTC website and app. No tickets would be booked across the reservation counter on any Railway Station. Booking of tickets through ‘agents’ (both IRCTC Agents and Railway Agents) is also not permitted. The 200 special trains will begin their services from June 01. Other regular passenger services including all mail/express, passenger and suburban services will remain cancelled till June 30. Earlier 15 pairs of covid special fully ac trains were started by railways.
These trains are fully reserved trains equipped with both ac & non-ac classes. General (GS) coaches shall also have reserved seats for sitting. There will be no unreserved coach on the train. The special train service will be in addition to the existing Shramik special trains that are running since May 1 and COVID-19 special trains (30 trains) that are running since May 12. Let us now have a look at the list of 200 special trains that are starting from June 1.
The timings of the above-listed trains are as per the regular trains. Additionally stoppage, frequency and composition of the trains are also similar to the regular trains. In special trains the general unreserved coaches will be converted into reserved coaches therefore everyone will be allotted a reserved seat. For such coaches second seating (2S) fare will be charged. Along with these Indian Railway will be running two pairs of special trains one between Bengaluru (SBC) to Belagavi (BGM) and other between Bengaluru (SBC) to Mysore (MYS) from May 22. These trains will run to and from the destination (six times a week). Both trains will not operate on Sundays.
The maximum advance reservation period (ARP) for the special trains is 30 days.
RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation) and waiting list (WL) will be generated as per extant rules however waiting list ticket holders shall not be permitted to board the train.
No unreserved (UTS) tickets will be issued and no tickets will be issued onboard to any passenger during the journey.
Tatkal quota (TQ) and premium tatkal quota (PT) is also not permitted.
The preparation of the first chart will take place 4 hours before scheduled departure of the train and the second chart preparation will take place at least 2 hours before the departure time of the train (instead of 30 minutes). Current booking shall be permitted only between the first and second chart preparation.
No catering charges are included in the ticket fare. Passengers are encouraged to bring their own food and bottled water. However passengers can buy ready-to-eat food and bottled water on payment basis inside the trains having pantry cars attached. All stalls, bookstalls, pharmacist stalls at the railway stations would be open. Food plazas and refreshment rooms can sell their cooked food as take away meals only.
Passengers with only valid confirmed tickets are allowed to enter railway stations. It is mandatory for all passengers to cover their face with face cover or mask during the journey. All the passengers are required to reach the station at least 90 minutes in advance of the train departure time. According to the MHA guidelines passengers having valid tickets are going to be screened for coronavirus and those found asymptomatic are permitted to travel. All the passengers must download the Aarogya Setu mobile app. Passengers are advised to carry their own linen / blankets as no linen, blankets and curtains would be provided inside the trains. On arrival at the destination travellers need to adhere to health protocols prescribed by the state/ UTs which might include staying in state government designated quarantine centres for 14 days.
All the quotas that are permitted in the regular trains are applicable in the 200 special trains.
Four (4) categories of divyangjan concession and eleven (11) categories of patient concessions are permitted in the special trains.
The cancellation and refund rules that are applicable on the regular trains are valid for the special trains as well. During screening if a passenger has high temperature or Covid-19 symptoms then he or she would not be allowed to travel. In such case full refund shall be granted to passenger:
On PNR having a single passenger.
On a party ticket if one passenger is found unfit to travel and all other passengers on the same PNR do not wish to travel then full refund shall be granted for all passengers.
In case of a party ticket if one passenger is found unfit to travel and other passengers on the PNR want to travel then full refund shall be granted to passenger who are not allowed to travel.
For all such cases TTE certificates as per extant practice would be issued to the passenger at the entry point mentioning “number of passengers not travelled due to symptoms of COVID-19”. After getting TTE certificates, passengers can file the online TDR within 10 days from the date of journey.
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