New Delhi: The Indian Railways has asked passengers to install the Aarogya Setu mobile application before commencing their journey, as it is now "mandatory" for travel by train. "Indian Railways is going to start few passenger trains services. It is mandatory for passengers to download Aarogya Setu app in their mobile phones, before commencing their journey," Ministry of Railways said in a tweet on Tuesday, May 12.
Passengers, who do not have the app installed on their mobile phones, might be asked to do so after their arrival at the station, reported a news agency.
According to government data, the Aarogya Setu app has been installed on 9.8 crore smartphones so far and is used by the government for contact-tracing to contain the spread of Covid-19.
However, the guidelines issued by the railways for the 15 pairs of special trains running between Delhi and major cities of the country had no mention of installing the mobile app.
Indian Railways has decided to resume passenger train services from today, 12 May. “The Indian Railways plans to gradually restart passenger train operations from 12 May, initially with 15 pairs of trains (30 return journeys),” it said in a statement released late on Sunday. Booking for reservation in these trains was started at 4 p.m on 11 May and is available only on the IRCTC website https://www.irctc.co.in/
According to the Railways, these trains will run as special trains from New Delhi station connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad, and Jammu Tawi.