Railways increases advance reservation period for all special trains from present 30 to 120 days

NEW DELHI: The Indian Railways has restored the advance reservation period (ARP) for special Rajdhani trains operating presently and mail express trains that will begin operations June 1 onwards, to 120 days.

Essentially, passengers will be able to reserve train tickets up to four months in advance.

“Ministry of Railways has decided to increase the advance reservation period of all Specials notified from 30 days to 120 days,” it said in a statement on Thursday. Booking of parcel and luggage shall be permitted in all these 230 trains, the ministry said.

This comes as the government plans to bring normalcy in passenger train operations. Covid-19, however, continues to rage with over 1.5 lakh cases in the country.

Railway minister Piyush Goyal last week said that it was time to take the country towards a sense of normalcy as the national transporter prepares to run more passenger trains going forward.

The ARP, which is essentially the window for which you can reserve a train ticket, has varied from seven days to 30 days for the passenger trains announced so far.

The said changes shall be implemented with effect from 8 am of train booking dated 31st May onwards.

Other terms like current booking, tatkal quota allocation of seats will be the same as in regular time-tabled trains.

The Indian Railways will run both air conditioned and non-air conditioned passenger trains June 1 onwards, and booking for 200 such trains began May 21 onwards.

These special services are in addition to the Shramik special trains being run since 1st May and 30 Special AC trains being run since 12th May 2020.

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