New Delhi, May 22: More than 13 lakh passengers have booked rail tickets since Thursday, after the Railways opened online booking following its decision to ply 200 trains from June 1st 2020. These will be fully reserved trains having both AC, non-AC classes and general coaches shall also have reserved seats for sitting, said the Railways after releasing a list of trains to be in operation from June 1.
The train services were suspended when the first lockdown was announced on March 24 to contain the spread of coronavirus. It’s probably for the first time in history that entire passenger train services were suspended. As part of the graded resumption of service, the Indian Railway first started operations of 15 Special Rajdhani trains connecting major cities with New Delhi. The railways announced these trains schedule till May 20.
The Covid 19 pandemic continues to haunt India. As of today, the total number of Covid 19 cases have crossed the 1,10,000-mark and the virus has claimed 3,583 lives. The pandemic has not only affected normal lives of Indians but also hit country’s economy very badly. In the absence of a cure, India also followed worldwide phenomenon of locking entire population.
The lockdown series to contain the virus was started on March 24 this year when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 21-day nationwide lockdown when the number of confirmed positive coronavirus cases in India was approximately 500.
On 14 April, Prime minister Narendra Modi again on April 14 extended the nationwide lockdown until 3 May, with a conditional relaxation after 20 April for the regions where the spread had been contained. India was placed under third lockdown on May 1 for another two weeks until May 17. Currently, the country is going through the fourth lockdown that will be in place till May 31.