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All express trains, including festival specials, to run only as fully reserved trains, clarifies Indian Railways

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Ministry of Railways on Sunday made a statement about issuance of unreserved tickets

“There has been no change in policy to run all express trains including festival specials and clone specials as fully reserved train only as yet,” the ministry clarified in an official statement.

“Accordingly till, further advice the existing mail express special trains including festival/holiday specials. lone specials which are running on fully reserved basis (as on date) shall be continued as fully reserved only, by issuing reserved tickets for second class coaches and passenger portion of SLRs also,” the ministry further said.

The ministry said the permission given to Zonal Railways to issue unreserved tickets. This meant only for suburban and limited number of local passenger trains operating on few zones.

At present, the railways operates 736 special trains, 200 services of the Kolkata Metro, over 2,000 Mumbai suburban services, and 20 special clone trains. Railways suspended all passenger train services since the beginning of lockdown on 24 March.

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