Indian Railways has announced the partial resumption of passenger train services from May 12, 2020.
They will initially run 15 pair of trains (30 return journeys) from New Delhi to Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.
Bookings can only be made on IRCTC website, starting today at 1600 hours. Ticket booking counters at the railway stations shall remain closed and no counter tickets including platform tickets shall be issued.
Passengers with valid confirmed tickets will only be allowed to enter the railway station.
Safety protocols include mandatory face cover for passengers and screening at departures — only asymptomatic ones will be allowed to board the train.
Indian Railways will gradually add more special services on new routes, based on the availability of coaches — around 20,000 coaches have been reserved for Covid-19 care centres and few others to operate 300 trains every day as Shramik Special for stranded migrants.
Ministry of Home Affairs has issued standard operating protocols for the movement of individuals by train: