Indian Railway services resume today after two months, more than 54,000 tickets booked

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Published: May 12,2020 12:00 AM
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May 12, 2020: The Indian Railways is resuming passenger train services from Tuesday, nearly two months after services were stopped due to the nationwide lockdown

May 12, 2020: The Indian Railways is resuming passenger train services from Tuesday, nearly two months after services were stopped due to the nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19.



The railways opened online bookings for passenger services on Monday with 15 trains a day connecting Delhi to Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and other big cities.



"Thereafter, Indian Railways shall start more special services on new routes," the government said in a statement. The rail network, among the world's largest, carries over 20 million people each day and is the lifeline for people living in far flung corners of the country.



The Railways Ministry said that reservations were issued to more than 54,000 passengers, according to the sources.



Bookings for 15 passenger trains started from 6 pm on Monday, two hours behind the scheduled opening time.



The restart of some train services was announced late on Sunday. India's rail, road and air services were suspended in March to stop COVID-19 infection to spread into the country's interior.