Ticket bookings to open at physical facilities across country, more trains to be announced: Rail Min

NEW DELHI, INDIA - MAY 14: Passengers exit the New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS) after their arrival, as train services were partially resumed on May 14, 2020 in New Delhi, India. As Indian Railways restarted passenger train services for stranded, passengers with confirmed tickets arrived at New Delhi Railway Station to board their respective trains. Arrangements have been made for passengers to maintain social distancing at the station amid COVID-19 situation. Indian Railways resumed services of 15 pairs of special air-conditioned trains from May 12. (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

New Delhi, May 21 (PTI) Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said booking of train tickets will resume at around 1.7 lakh common service centres across the country from Friday.

Common Service Centres are physical facilities for delivering e-services of the government at rural and remote locations where availability of computers and internet is negligible or absent.

The minister also said that bookings will also resume at counters at specific stations over the next two to three days.

'We are developing a protocol to identify the stations...we will also soon announce the resumption of more trains,' Goyal said during a conversation with his party colleague and BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.

The Railway Minister also praised Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani for their cooperation with the railways in running the Shramik Special trains and criticised West Bengal and Jharkhand for their non-cooperation.

Goyal also said within 2.5 hours of opening bookings for the 100 pairs of special trains that will run from June 1, 4 lakh passengers have booked tickets. People have also started reverse bookings to come back to work, he said. PTI ASG RDM RDM