Mumbai: Indian Railways will allow passengers of special trains to book tickets under Tatkal quota from Monday. Currently, the railways have allowed only 230 special trains to ferry passengers, while commercial passenger trains have been suspended till
August 12 in view of ballooning coronavirus cases in the across the states.
The bookings for these special trains under ‘tatkal’ can be done from Friday for travel starting from 30 June.
“Tatkal Booking will commence from 29/06/2020 in all Special Trains (starting with 0 numbers) for journeys commencing from 30/06/2020 onwards,” a senior Railways official tweeted.
To book tickets under Tatkal, a passenger must book their tickets after 10 am one day before the scheduled travel day for AC booking and after 11 am for the sleeper class.
The tickets can be booked through the IRCTC website and app. It is to be noted that tickets booked under Tatkal category are slightly more expensive than normal tickets. Earlier, the railways increased the Advanced Reservation Period (ARP) from 30 days to 120 days. The Railways in a statement had said that the reservation rules for the 30 special Rajdhani and 200 special mail and express trains were modified in view of the increased ARP.
The Indian Railways operates 230 special trains while other commercial trains were canceled starting March 25 to stop the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The railways earlier issued a notification stating that all commercial trains bearing special Rajdhani, mail, and express trains, have been canceled till August 12.
“It has been decided that regular time-table passenger services including Mail and Express, passenger and suburban services stand canceled up to 12.08.2020,” the Railway Board said in the notification.
All the tickets booked for the regular time-tabled trams for the journey date from July 1 to August 12 also stand canceled.
“We have only enabled refunds for trains which are not being operated and for which tickets have been booked prior to lock down and up to April 14. No trains which are presently operational have been canceled. Special Trains will continue to run. As far as the running of more trains is concerned, all will be informed and bookings will be done, as and when the decision is taken about them. There is no blanket order ruling out running of more trains till 12 August,” a spokesperson from the Indian Railways said.