More trains set to re­sume, phys­i­cal book­ings soon

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - FRONT PAGE - Anisha Dutta let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

NEW DELHI: In­dian Rail­ways will al­low reopening of reser­va­tion coun­ters and book­ing of tick­ets through 1.7 lakh com­mon ser­vice cen­tres and agents from Fri­day, the Rail­way Board said on Thurs­day, adding that the de­ci­sion will make “ticket book­ing easy” for trav­ellers. The an­nounce­ment comes on a day the rail­ways is­sued a list of ad­di­tional 100 pairs of trains that it will run from June 1, apart from the Sharmik Spe­cial trains be­ing used to ferry stranded mi­grant work­ers.

NEW DELHI:: The In­dian Rail­ways has al­lowed reopening of reser­va­tion coun­ters at se­lect sta­tions and book­ing through Com­mon Ser­vice Cen­tres (CSCs) and agents, the min­istry of rail­ways said Thurs­day.

“Open­ing of all these book­ing fa­cil­i­ties once again will mark an im­por­tant step in the graded restora­tion of pas­sen­ger rail­way ser­vices and mak­ing the task of ticket book­ing easy for all prospec­tive trav­el­ers from all parts of In­dia in re­served trains. Zonal rail­ways may ad­here to stan­dard so­cial dis­tanc­ing guide­lines and ob­serve the hy­giene pro­to­cols ,” the min­istry said.

Book­ing of train tick­ets will re­sume at around 1.7 lakh com­mon ser­vice cen­tres across the coun­try from Fri­day on­ward, Union rail­way min­is­ter Piyush Goyal also said. Rail­ways will also al­low book­ing at coun­ters across the sta­tion soon, he said. This will make the ser­vice ac­ces­si­ble to those in re­mote lo­ca­tions. He said book­ings will also re­sume at coun­ters at spe­cific rail­way sta­tions over the next cou­ple of days. Zonal Rail­ways have been in­structed to de­cide and no­tify the open­ing of reser­va­tion coun­ters in a phased man­ner on Fri­day along with dis­sem­i­na­tion of in­for­ma­tion about their lo­ca­tions and tim­ings as per lo­cal needs.

“We will an­nounce re­sump­tion of more trains... We have to en­sure that there are no large crowds gath­er­ing at coun­ters to book tick­ets, so we are study­ing the sit­u­a­tion and de­vis­ing a pro­to­col towards it,” Goyal said. He was speak­ing at an in­ter­ac­tion with BJP leader Sam­bit Pa­tra.

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