Train services to resume in India! Railway issues order to drop ‘special train’ tag, revert to pre-Covid fares

New Delhi: The Indian Railways issued an order on Friday to discontinue the ‘special’ tag for mail and express trains and revert to pre-pandemic ticket prices with immediate effect.

The Ministry of Railways has decided that all the regular timetabled trains which are presently operating as MSPC (mail/express special) & HSP (holiday special) trains services, included in the working time table 2021 shall be operated with regular numbers and with fare and categorization as application, read a notification issued by the Ministry.

Second class of such trains shall continue to run as reserved except any relaxation permitted in special case, it added.

On already booked tickets in advance, no difference of fare either to be collected by Railways or any refund due to already booked passengers shall be permitted.

The CRIS (Centre for Railway Information Systems) is requested to make necessary changes in the software.

Each Zonal Railways shall ensure that necessary arrangements are made to make the details available to all the concerned staff well in advance and necessary change in the database.

It is to be noted here that the train services were suspended across the country in a phase manner following the widespread of Coronavirus last year. However, the Ministry of Railways has decided to resume the train services after a gap of 20 months as the COVID cases have come down significantly.

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