NEW DELHI: The Minister from Union Railway and Commerce, Piyush Goyal has announced that booking for railway tickets shall resume from Friday, May 22 in over 1.7 lakh common service centres. This has indeed provided major relief to passengers across the country.
This was declared right a day after the Indian Railways announced to begin running trains from June 1. The railway services got banned from March 25 due to the national lockdown which got initiated by the government.
Railway Minister Goyal was in a conversation with Sambit Patra, national BJP spokesperson when he said, "Booking of train tickets will resume at 1.7 lakh common service centres from tomorrow across the country."
The minister further declared that booking facility will also be made available in various counters of different stations in the coming 2-3 days.
He mentioned, "We are developing a protocol in this regard."
The Indian Railways also started running Shramik Special trains for the stranded migrants, students, tourists and pilgrims to reach their homes from May. Around 15 pair of AC special trains also began functioning from May 12 by the national transporter.
From Thursday, May 21 the bookings opened for 100 trains and within the first 2 hours, over 1.49 lakh tickets got sold for 2.9 lakh passengers for 73 trains.
As per a senior Railway Ministry official, around 73 trains were featured in the system to book by 12 noon.
He revealed, "And in the first two hours 1,49,025 tickets booked for 2,90,510 passengers."
The facility of booking tickets online via the IRCTC website and mobile app was also made available long before.