NEW DELHI: Signalling a return to pre-lockdown normalcy, the railway ministry said ticket reservation counters will be opened in a phased manner across the country from Friday.
While citing there was brisk booking of tickets for 200 new trains soon after IRCTC opened its window on Thursday, railway minister Piyush Goyal said that reverse booking has also started across several cities indicating people are ready to come back to work.
Goyal said reverse booking was a positive indicator as normalising rail services will help people return to their place of work. He said passengers can book tickets at around 1.7 lakh common service centres from Friday. He added announcements would be made soon for resumption of more trains.
“Besides counters at stations, people can book or cancel tickets at post offices, Yatri Ticket Suvidha Kendra (YTSK) licensees and through authorised agents of IRCTC as well. Zonal Railways have been instructed to decide and notify opening of reservation counters as per local needs and conditions,” a railway ministry official said.