Indian Railways Is Back! Trains Starting From May 12, Bookings Open (Check Routes, Rules)

Indian Railways Is Back! Trains Starting From May 12, Bookings Open (Check Routes, Rules)
Indian Railways Is Back! Trains Starting From May 12, Bookings Open (Check Routes, Rules)

IIndian Railways is now back, and running. In a press release, MInistry of Railways has informed that Indian Railways is resuming their services from May 12th.

Railways had suspended their services on March 22nd, which was later extended till May 17th, which is the last date of the lockdown’s phase 3.

This had happened for the first time in Indian Railways’ 180 year old history.

Here are the routes which will be opened, dates, rules and more!

Indian Railways Resumes From May 12th

Indian Railways has announced that they will resume their trains from May 12th, across 15 routes to start with.

Bookings will be opened from today, that is May 11th at 4PM. 

The booking can be only made via IRCTC website ( as of now.

In the press release, Indian Railways said, “Indian Railways plans to gradually restart passenger train operations from 12th May, 2020, initially with 15 pairs of trains (30 return journeys).”

Train Routes Which Will Start As Of Now

There are 15 routes, on which Indian Railways will resume trains from May 12th. The trains will then return back as well, which makes it 30 routes.

Here are the routes on which you can book train tickets now:

New Delhi To Dibrugarh

New Delhi To Agartala

New Delhi To Howrah

New Delhi To Patna

New Delhi To Bilaspur

New Delhi To Ranchi

New Delhi To Bhubaneshwar

New Delhi To Secundrabad

New Delhi To Bengaluru

New Delhi To Chennai

New Delhi To Thiruvananthapuram

New Delhi To Madgaon

New Delhi To Mumbai Central

New Delhi To Ahmedabad

New Delhi To Jammu Tawi

Rules And Regulations For Train Journey

Since coronavirus pandemic is still active, and there is always a chance of infections, here are some of the rules which Indian Railways has announced regarding the train jounreys:

  • Every passenger is required to wear masks while travelling
  • Proper screening will be done for all the passenger before boarding the train
  • Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train. Hence, if any passenger has any symptoms related with coronavirus, then they will be asked to deboard
  • All ticket booking counters will be closed, and no platform tickets will issued
  • Only passengers will valid tickets will be allowed to board

Railways has also said that more trains will be run on new routes. 

In their press release, they said, “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.”

We will keep you updated, as more details come in. 

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