The Indian Railways has started operating 200 special trains amid coronavirus lockdown, which has been extended till June 30 in the containment zones. This development comes in an order to let people travel to their hometowns amid the nationwide lockdown, imposed to combat the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The Ministry of Railways stated that around 1.45 lakh passengers will be travelling on Monday when 200 special trains will start their operations. Around 26 lakh passengers have booked the tickets on these special trains (pair of 100 trains) till June 30, Indian Railways said.
The trains include the popular trains such as Duronto, Sampark Kranti, Jan Shatabdi and Poorva Express and more. The Indian Railways also said that the trains will have both AC and non-AC classes and fully reserved coaches.
The central government on Saturday extended the nationwide lockdown in the containment zones till June 30. Also, there has been no restriction on intra-state and inter-state movement.
The first train that re-started its operation last night was Varanasi Mahanagri Express from Mumbai. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Railways released a video that shows passengers wearing masks while the officials checked their body temperature. The video was captioned: “Arrangements at CSMT station, Mumbai for the first train among all special trains starting from 1st June. The first train is 01093 CSMT-Varanasi Mahanagri Express scheduled dept. at 00.10 hrs.”