Indian Railways has decided to run 200 non-AC trains with a timetable from June 1. These new trains are announced on top of the Special Shramik trains, whose number will also be increased pretty soon.
Indian Railways is going to start 200 new time tabled trains from June 1, 2020. The routes and schedule of these trains will be intimated soon,” the national transporter said in a statement.
These would be non-AC trains, booking for which would be done only online. “No tickets will be sold at any railway station and prospective travellers should not come to the railway station to buy tickets,” the Railways said.
The Railways, earlier this month started running 15 pairs of special trains to and from New Delhi as part of efforts to restart passenger services after a gap of almost two months. For these trains, the advance booking period was kept at seven days.
The Railways till now has run 1,600 Shramik Special trains ferrying about 21.5 lakh migrants in 19 days. Yesterday it announced that now it plans to double the number of these trains to bring more relief to migrants.
“Indian Railways appeals to the migrants not to panic. Efforts are being made to ensure that all of them are able to travel to their home States at the earliest. Efforts will be made such that they will be able to board trains from Railway Station Head on the main line which is close to their existing location,” it added.
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted: “Within the next 2 days Indian Railways will double the number of Shramik Special Trains to 400 per day. All migrants are requested to stay where they are, Indian Railways will get them back home over the next few days.”