South Central Railway is resuming the services of unreserved trains (spot ticket purchasing) from 19th July 2021 in a phased manner in line with the gradual and phased resumption of train services that were affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, passengers who had purchased tickets in advance were permitted to board trains. Now, with unreserved trains being resumed from Monday, passengers can purchase tickets on the spot and board trains. Passengers can purchase their tickets through the booking counters at the stations and other mediums like UTS App , Automatic Ticket Vending Machines, Coin Ticket Vending Machines, and others.
In view of the Covid pandemic and the importance of maintaining physical distance, SCR appealed to passengers to use UTS App and ATVMs, and other mediums and avoid queues at the booking counters. Further, the passengers will also have the facility of buying season tickets as well.
These unreserved trains will be operated on par with regular Express trains so as to benefit the passengers by reducing the travel time. SCR has undertaken major track strengthening works over the last year. These measures have resulted in enhancing the maximum permissible speed at which trains can be operated in several sections across the SCR network.
SCR General Manager Gajanan Mallya appealed to passengers to follow the Covid protocols both at the stations and also in the trains. He said while these train services were being resumed to meet the passengers’ demands, adequate precautions like wearing face masks, maintaining physical distance, frequent sanitization, etc should be practiced by passengers.
Indian Railway is restoring its passenger train services to almost pre-pandemic levels, provided the pandemic gets under control with the number of cases coming down and all the necessary approvals are given by the concerned state governments along with the nod of the Railway Ministry.
These trains are also likely to be special trains only and not regular passenger services. All regular passenger train services of Indian Railways were suspended when a nationwide lockdown was declared last year in March but since May 2020 special train services were started by the national transporter in a phased manner.
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