Indian Railways will start running 15 pairs of trains from Tuesday. This would mean 30 return journeys, the Ministry said in a press release.
The trains will be run from New Delhi to Howrah, Dibrugarh, Agartala, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.
The reservation of trains started at 6 pm on Monday instead of 4 pm due to some technical problems. The reservation can only be done through the website of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). Ticket counters at stations will remain closed. The tickets can be booked maximum seven days before the date of journey.
Ticket cancellation can be done up to 24 hours before the journey starts. Cancellation charges will be 50 per cent of the fare. Only air-conditioned coaches will be run for now. Passengers will have to carry their own linens and blankets.
Wearing of masks has been made mandatory for passengers. Only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train. The passengers will be screened before boarding the train and thus will have to reach the stations at least 90 minutes before the time of departure.
Pre-paid meal booking and e-catering will be discontinued. Catering charges will not be included in the fare. Limited eatables, which will mostly be dry and ready-to-eat food, and drinking water will be sold to passengers inside the train. Passengers have been advised to carry their own food and drinking water.