Starting May 12, the Indian Railways will resume limited passenger train services in a graded manner.
All passengers, the railways said, will be compulsorily screened and only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to enter and board the train.
Booking for reservation in these trains will start at 4 pm today and will be available only on the IRCTC website.
Fares will be similar to those for Rajdhani trains, and tatkal and waitlists will not be allowed, Indian Express reported.
India's top online booking portal IRCTC rallied over 5%, adding almost a ₹1,000 crore to the market value in the opening minutes of trade, on Monday (May 11), after Indian Railways chose to start taking bookings for passenger trains after a brief hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The train between Bhubaneswar and Delhi will run daily.
Only passengers who are found asymptomatic will be permitted to travel.
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"For movement of the passenger (s) as well as the driver of the vehicle transporting the passenger (s) to and fro the railway station will be allowed on the basis of the confirmed e-ticket", the Railways said.
Tickets can not be cancelled at less than 24 hours' notice and the cancellation charge will be half the fare. During the travel and at the railway stations, strict adherence to health/hygiene protocols and social distancing shall have to be observed.
On arrival at their destination, the travelling passengers will have to adhere to health protocols as prescribed by the destination state or union territory. Further, it would be ensured that all passengers wear face covers/ masks at entry and during travel.
The railway ministry has advised passengers to download and use the contact tracing mobile app Aarogya Setu.
Five special trains left for various destinations including Udhampur on Sunday carrying about 5,700 passengers, Railway officials said.