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NEW DELHI: The railways on Monday ordered restoration of the unreserved passenger services in general coaches in mail and express trains as the number of Covid-19 cases continue to drop. The new order is an indicator of train services returning to complete normalcy and comes as a big relief to many travellers from economically weaker sections.
However, the transition will be gradual.
As the pandemic broke out, the railways had allowed only passengers with reserved tickets to travel in general coaches to avoid crowding and to maintain social distance.
Officials said there will be two approaches for restoration of normal services. They said for example if there are advance booking of reserved seats in general coaches of certain trains, no unreserved tickets will be issued for those coaches up to a maximum of 120 days. The railways allow booking tickets 120 days in advance as per ticket reservation norms.
The second scenario is if there is no advance booking of reserved tickets in general coaches of a train, then the passengers can immediately get unreserved tickets to travel.
A railway spokesperson said in regular trains, general coaches will be earmarked as reserved or unreserved as these were prevailing during the pre-pandemic period.



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