Indian Railways Gives Clarification Over Inaccurate Reports On Post-14th April Journeys

Passengers going to board Shatabdi Express at Chandigarh railway station for New Delhi on Thursday, September 08 2016. Express photo by Jaipal Singh

According to some media reports, the Indian Railways has started bookings for passenger trains from April 15 onwards as the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ends on April 14. However, the railway officials had some different clarifications regarding the reports.

Railways accepting bookings

According to some media reports, the senior government officials have said that the bookings will be accepted by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) from April 15, “naturally when the lockdown is till April 14”, but added that passenger train operations may not resume entirely.


source: hindustantimes

Officials, however, clarified that the bookings were never been stopped in the first place. The time frame for advance reservation of tickets is 120 days, so the window for April 15th tickets was open before the lockdown period started, the Railways said in a tweet. For those with tickets for travel during the lockdown period, the refund has already been initiated, the Railways said.

Goods Train

It is said that around 9,000 goods trains are operating despite the lockdown on passenger trains. According to the reports, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal on April 1 ordered the railways to make supply services available on more routes for quick transportation of medicines, essential equipment, and foodstuff.

source: thehansindia

The Ministry has said that special parcel trains are operational on eight routes and they plan to add another 20 across zones, as per the report.


Earlier, the train services were suspended from March 22 till March 31, even before the lockdown was announced. However, the goods train services were exempted from the suspension.