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COVID-19: Read The Guidelines Regarding The Running Of 200 Trains From June 1

These rules are for trains other than Shramik trains, which will continue to run in bigger numbers.

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NEW DELHI: Ministry of Railways (MoR) in consultation with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) has decided that train services on Indian Railways shall be further partially restored from June 1, 2020.

Indian Railways will start operations of 200 passenger services as listed in the annexure (attached below). These trains shall run from Jun 1 and booking of all these trains commenced from 10 am on May 21.

These special services shall be in addition to the existing Shramik special trains being run since May 1 and Special AC trains (30 trains) being run since 12th May 2020.


Other regular Passenger services including all mail/express, passenger and suburban services shall remain cancelled until further advice.

Train Type: Special trains on the pattern of Regular Trains

These will be fully reserved trains having both AC & Non AC classes. General (GS) coaches shall also have reserved seat for sitting. There will be no unreserved coach in the train.


Fare shall be as normal and for General (GS) coaches, being reserved, second seating(2S) fare shall be charged and seat will be provided to all the passengers.

Booking of Tickets & Charting:

i.          Only online E-Ticketing will be done through IRCTC website or through Mobile App. No tickets will be booked across the reservation counter on any Railway Station. Booking of tickets through ‘agents’, (both IRCTC Agents and Railway Agents) shall not be permitted.

ii.         The ARP (advance reservation period) shall be maximum 30 days.

iii.        RAC and Waitlist will be generated as per extant rules however waiting list ticket holders shall not be permitted to board the train.


iv.        No unreserved (UTS) tickets will be issued and no tickets will be issued onboard to any passenger during the journey.

v.         No tatkal and premium tatkal booking shall be permitted in these trains.

vi.        First chart shall be prepared at least 4 hours before scheduled departure and second chart shall be prepared at least 2 hours((unlike present practice of 30 minutes) before scheduled departure. Only online current booking shall be permitted in between first and second chart preparation.

vii.       All passengers shall be compulsorily screened and only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to enter /board the train.

viii.      Passengers travelling by these special services will observe the following precautions :

1.         Only passengers with Confirmed tickets shall be allowed to enter the Railway station.

2.         All passengers must wear face covers/masks at the entry and during travel.

3.         The passengers shall reach the station at least 90 minutes in advance to facilitate thermal screening at the station. Only passengers who are found asymptomatic will be permitted to travel.

4.         Passengers shall observe social distancing both at the station and on trains.


5.         On arrival at their destination, the travelling passengers will have to adhere to such health protocols as are prescribed by the destination state/UT

Quota Permitted:

All quotas shall be permitted in these special trains as has been permitted in Regular trains. Limited number of reservation (PRS) counters shall be operated for this purpose. However, normal ticket booking cannot be done through these counters.

Concessions: Only four categories of Divyangjan concession and 11 categories of patient concessions are permitted in these special trains..

Cancellation and Refund rule: Railway Passengers (Cancellation of Ticket and Refund of Fare) Rules, 2015 shall be applicable.

In addition following instructions already issued regarding Refund of fare in case passenger is not found fit for travelling due to symptoms of Corona shall remain applicable.

As per MHA guidelines all passengers shall be compulsorily screened and only asymptomatic passengers shall be allowed to enter/board the train.

If during screening a passenger has a very high temperature/symptoms of Covid-19 etc., he shall not be allowed to travel despite having confirmed tickets. In such cases, a full refund shall be provided to a passenger as under:-

(i)         On PNR having a single passenger.

(ii)        On a party ticket if one passenger is found unfit to travel and also all other passengers on the same PNR do not want to travel in that case full refund shall be granted for all passengers.

(iii)       On a party ticket if one passenger is found unfit to travel however other passengers on the PNR want to travel in that case full refund of fare shall be granted to the passenger who was not allowed to travel.

For all the above cases, TTE certificates as per extant practice shall be issued to the passenger at the entry/checking/screening point itself mentioning “Number of passengers not travelled due to symptoms of Covid 19 in one or more passengers”

After getting TTE certificates, online TDR shall be filed for refund of not travelled passengers, within 10 days from the date of journey and the original

TTE certificate issued shall be sent by the passenger to IRCTC as per extant provision and full fare for the part passenger/full who have not travelled shall be refunded by IRCTC in the customer’s account.

For the above purpose, CRIS and IRCTC shall make necessary changes for filing of TDR for non-travelling passengers due to COVID-19 symptoms. One option ‘part/full passenger not allowed to travel by Railways due to very high temperature/COVID-19 symptoms’ will be available.

Catering:

No catering charges shall be included in the fare. Provision for pre-paid meal booking, e-catering shall be disabled. However, IRCTC shall make provision for limited eatables and packaged drinking water on payment basis only in limited trains, having Pantry car attached. Information to this effect shall be made available to passengers during time of booking ticket.

Passengers are encouraged to carry their own food and drinking water.

All static catering and vending units (Multi-Purpose stalls, Bookstalls, Misc./Chemist stalls etc) at Railway stations will remain open. In the case of Food Plaza and Refreshments rooms etc, cooked items may be served as take-away only with no sit-down eating arrangements in place.

Linen and Blanket:

No Linen, blankets and curtains shall be provided inside the train. Passengers are advised to carry their own linen for the travel. The temperature inside AC coaches shall be suitably regulated for this purpose.

Zonal Railways have been instructed to ensure that there are separate entry and exit gates at Railway stations to the extent feasible so that there is no face to face movement of passengers. Zonal railways will be guided by standard social distancing guidelines on stations and trains and observe the safety, security and hygiene protocols.

All passengers must download and use the Aarogya Setu application. Passengers are advised to travel light.

As per MHA guidelines the movement of the passenger(s), as well as the driver of the vehicle transporting the passenger(s) to and fro the Railway Station, shall be allowed on the basis of the confirmed e-ticket.

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COVID-19: 200 Special Passenger Trains To Run From Today

No tatkal and premium tatkal booking will be permitted in these trains.

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NEW DELHI: Two hundred special trains will run across the country from tomorrow. These services will be in addition to Shramik Special trains and 30 Special AC trains.

These trains are fully reserved trains having both AC and Non AC classes. General coaches have reserved seat for sitting accommodation. There will be no unreserved coach on the train.

Railway Ministry said, more than 1 lakh 45 thousand passengers will travel tomorrow. Around 26 lakh passengers have booked their tickets for Advance Reservation Period 1st to 30th June.


The passengers have to reach the station 90 minutes in advance to facilitate thermal screening at the station. All passengers will be screened and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train.

Only passengers with confirmed and RAC tickets will be allowed to enter the Railway Station and board the train.

All passengers must wear face masks at the entry and during travel. Passengers have to observe social distancing both at the station and on trains.

On arrival at their destination, the travelling passengers will have to adhere to such health protocols as are prescribed by the destination State and Union territories.


No Linen, blankets and curtains will be provided inside the train. Passengers are advised to carry their own linen for the travel.

Online Booking of tickets for these trains is being done through IRCTC website or through Mobile App. Railways has also allowed booking of reservation tickets through the reservation counters, Common Service Centers and Ticketing agents.

No tatkal and premium tatkal booking will be permitted in these trains.

This development comes in a move to let citizens travel to their hometowns amid the nationwide lockdown which was imposed to combat spread of novel coronavirus in the country.

The Ministry of Railways today said that more than 1.45 lakh passengers will be travelling on Monday when the 200 special trains will start their operations.

Around 26 lakh passengers have booked tickets on these special trains till 30 June, the national transporter said.


These trains also include the popular trains such as Durontos, Sampark Krantis, Jan Shatabdis and Poorva Express and more. Railways also said that these will have both AC and non-AC classes and fully reserved coaches.

Here are the details about the special trains:

 

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COVID-19: Rajasthan Govt Issues New Guidelines Regarding Lockdown

All government and private offices can be opened with full staff capacity.

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JAIPUR (Rajasthan): The Rajasthan government has today issued new guidelines regarding the lockdown. Additional Chief Secretary of the Home Department Rajiv Swaroop told that public transport will now operate on all the routes in the state except containment zones.

All government and private offices can be opened with full staff capacity.

Zoo, biological parks, sanctuaries, tiger reserves and national parks will be re-opened for tourists from tomorrow – along with many other activities.


All medical services will be resumed in SMS Hospital of Jaipur from tomorrow. Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma told that the SMS hospital has been declared non-COVID.

Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education has issued the time table for the remaining examinations of class 10th and 12th. These examinations will be held from 18th to 30 June.

Meanwhile, the current system in the State courts has been extended till June 14. Subordinate courts will hear the most urgent cases through video conferencing.


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COVID-19: India’s Recovery Rate Now Nearly 48%

The highest recovery rate of 100 per cent has been recorded in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and in Mizoram. 

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NEW DELHI: COVID-19 cases in India has reached 1,73,763. But there is a silver lining that the overall recovery rate of patients from COVID-19 infection has now gone up to 47.76 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 4,614 patients were found cured.

A cumulative total of around 87,000 people have been cured so far.

The number of cases under active medical supervision is around 90,000.


On March 25, when the lockdown was enforced across India, 43 people affected with coronavirus were cured, which was 7% of the total 606 cases. Health and Family Welfare Ministry data reveals that in different phases of lockdown, the recovery rate has improved continuously.

In the first phase of lockdown, the recovery rate reached to 11.42 per cent and in the second phase, it crossed the 27 per cent mark.

During the third phase of lockdown which ended on 18th May, the figure of recovery rate reached to 38.29 per cent.


At present, the highest recovery rate of 100 per cent has been recorded in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and in Mizoram.

There are 17 States and Union Territories including Punjab, Chandigarh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Ladakh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, which are above the national recovery rate of 47.40 per cent.

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