After bookings re-opened for both AC and non-AC trains that will run from 1 June, the Indian Railways in a statement on Thursday night said that it will re-open the booking and cancellation of train tickets through reservation counters, Common Service Centers which include post offices and ticketing agents.
"Zonal Railways have been instructed to decide and notify opening of reservation counters as per local needs and conditions. These reservation counters will open from tomorrow (22 May) in a phased manner, along with dissemination of information about their respective locations and timings as per the local needs and conditions," the statement said.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal also tweeted the official statement.
Railways has green-lighted re-opening of Reservation Counters & booking through Common Service Centres & Agents from tomorrowPiyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) May 21, 2020
Zonal Railways will decide & notify opening of counters in a phased manner.https://t.co/YUv5FOdkG6 pic.twitter.com/IeiPM8olhJ
"It may be noted that running of Shramik Special trains will continue to be handled by local State Governments as per the existing protocols," the statement said.
"Opening of all these booking facilities once again will mark an important step in the graded restoration of passenger railway services and making the task of ticket booking easy for all prospective travelers from all parts of India in reserved trains," it added.
"Zonal railways may adhere to standard social distancing guidelines and observe the hygiene protocols in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic."