Railway to start waiting list for trains from May 22, more mail and express trains are expected. The railways has resumed its passenger services after a gap of nearly two months on Tuesday with eight air-conditioned trains. Further on Wednesday, Indian Railways hinted to resume more services from May 22. Indian Railways special trains to be notified in future, will have waiting lists from May 22; Maximum waiting list limit- 1AC-20, Executive Class-20, 2AC-50, 3AC-100, AC Chair Car-100, Sleeper-200, said Ministry of Railways. Delhi Metro also clarified that date of resuming of Metro services in Delhi will be notified in due course to public, however date isn’t finalized yet.
Ministry of Railways also issued revised guidelines on cancellation of already booked tickets and refund of fare, with effect from 21st March 2020.
On Wednesday evening Indian Railways allowed limited waiting lists to be issued from May 22 for special trains that had been started and the special trains that will be notified in the near future. To be clear, waiting listed tickets are currently not being issued for the passenger trains that began from May 12. The booking for the new lot of passenger trains will begin from May 15. According to reports the Indian Railways may also deploy Shatabdi and other Mail and Express trains too. Only Rajdhani trains were being deployed for now for ferrying passengers.
It has been decided that in these special trains and special trains to be notified in due course of time, there shall be no Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC) in these trains and wait list tickets shall be issued subject to maximum limits; 200 for sleeper, 100 each for AC chair car and 3 AC, 50 for 2 AC and 20 each for Executive Class and 1 AC, the order, intimated by Hindustan Times.
Officials said passengers booking the trains had cancelled some tickets at the last minute. We will start issuing very few waitlist tickets from May 22 because some passengers are cancelling their tickets at the last moment, a senior railway ministry official said.
On Tuesday 8 AC trains carrying more than 13, 000 passengers. Officials also said that overall occupancy of the trains was above 100%. The railways has till now reported 2,08,965 passenger bookings for all 30 trains till Wednesday. Officials are accepting bookings up to 7 days in advance for the 15 pairs of special trains the government has announced to resume passenger services.
As per the current guidelines, passengers will have to book general category tickets online on the ICRTC Website and on IRCTC app. A few reservation counters will be opened for HOR (high official requisition) holders, freedom fighters, lawmakers etc said official familiar with Indian Railways.