Amid reports of overcrowding and stoppage of services, the Indian Railways has clarified that all IRCTC trains will be running normally as per schedule. Passengers have been requested not to panic, as new trains are being introduced on routes with high demand. Most trains are not running at full capacity, and their tickets can be booked online.
The Railways has also asked passengers to come to stations only after receiving confirmed tickets or RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation) tickets. Such passengers can travel to and from their respective stations even during curfew hours or during a state lockdown, as long as they are carrying a valid ticket.
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As an added step to avoid congestion, the Railways has also decided to stop the sale of platform tickets at the following locations:
> All stations under the Northern Railways’ Delhi Division. This includes major stations like New Delhi (NDLS), Old Delhi (DLI), Hazrat Nizamuddin (NZM) and Anand Vihar Terminal (ANVT).
> Ludhiana Jn (LDH) in Firozpur Division, Punjab.
> Select stations in Tamil Nadu: Dr.MGR Chennai Central (MAS), Chennai Egmore (MS), Arakkonam (AJJ), Katpadi (KPD), Chengalpattu (CGL) and Tambaram (TBM). However, an exception will be made for people accompanying senior citizens and differently abled passengers to the platforms at these stations.
In an earlier round of announcements, the sale of platform tickets had also been stopped at all stations under the Prayagraj Division of the North Central Railways, and at these stations in Maharashtra: Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT), Kalyan (KYN), Thane (TNA), Dadar (DDR), Panvel (PNVL), Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT).
To avoid any confusion upon arrival, we strongly advise passengers to check their destination state’s train travel guidelines here.
Have a safe journey!