New Delhi: Railways has given the green signal to open the ticket booking counter. In addition, the Common Service Center and the agent have been allowed to book tickets. The Railway Ministry has issued an order asking GM of all zones to open the booking counter from Friday. The Railway Ministry has asked all GMs to decide where to open the reservation counters in terms of need. However, the railway has made it clear that the control of the passengers of labour trains will still remain in the hands of the states concerned.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that bookings of train tickets at around 1.7 lakh ‘common service centres’ across the country will be restored from Friday. ‘Common Service Centers’ are centres providing e-services of the government in rural and remote places. These centres are in places where there is little or no availability of computers and internet. The minister also said that in the next two to three days bookings will start in some stations at counters too.
The normal situation will have to be moved
Goyal said that we will have to take India to normalcy. We are making a protocol to identify stations where counters can be opened. We have to ensure that a large number of people do not gather to book tickets at the counters, so we are assessing the situation and making a protocol for it.
“We will announce more trains soon,” Goyal said.
He said that with the introduction of Shramik Special trains from May 1, the railways have since operated 2,050 trains carrying around 3 million migrants, students and other stranded people. The Railway Minister also praised Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani for helping the railways in running labour-specific trains and criticized West Bengal and Jharkhand for not cooperating. He said that till now the Railways could run only 27 trains in West Bengal and only two trains were able to reach there by May 8-9. Only 96 trains were run in Jharkhand whereas 35 trains have been run in Rajasthan so far.
The Railway Minister said, “We asked for permission to run the train and even the Home Minister wrote a letter, still got a list of eight trains from West Bengal. I hope that all the state people are allowed to come to their homes And help us get them by trains. “