Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Support Our Journalism
HomeIn PicturesSpecial passenger trains depart from Delhi but leave behind those who can't...

Special passenger trains depart from Delhi but leave behind those who can’t afford e-tickets

Police made sure that social distancing was maintained and only people with e-tickets were allowed on platforms.

Text Size:

New Delhi: The Railways Tuesday cautiously resumed passenger service after more than 50 days, beginning with three trains out of New Delhi and five others heading for the national capital.

Each train had around 1,100 passengers, who were first screened. Passengers were also asked to report 90 minutes before departure time.

Since the trains are being operated amidst the ongoing lockdown, only those with confirmed e-tickets were allowed to enter stations.

There were queues approximately 1.5 km long outside the station as people waited to be screened. However, among that crowd, there were some who could not afford the ticket to their homes and had to remain in Delhi.

The fares of these trains are equivalent to that of the Rajdhani trains and passengers can book tickets up to seven days in advance.

ThePrint’s photojournalist Suraj Singh Bisht was at the New Delhi railway station to record the start of the journey.

All passengers had to maintain an equivalent distance among themselves | Photo | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint |
Passengers moved in lines, maintaining some amount of physical distance from each other | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Passengers had gathered outside the station by 2 pm for medical screening | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
This resulted in the lines extending beyond the station complex. Each passenger was screened before being allowed onto the platform | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
There were three different queues for three different trains | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
There were separate queues for each train and all passengers wore masks | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
As precautionary measured passengers were asked to bring their own food, bed sheets and blankets for the journey| Photo | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
As a precautionary measure, passengers were asked to bring their own food, bedsheets and blankets for the journey | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Mother serving her kids before getting into the train | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Shops were mostly shuttered inside the station. A woman fed her children before they caught a train | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
A mother protecting her child by covering her mouth from the mask and save her from coronavirus at the New Delhi railway station| Photo | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Apart from masks, people were also seen wearing gloves as precautionary measures against the coronavirus virus | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

(With PTI inputs)

Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram

Support Our Journalism

India needs fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism, packed with on-ground reporting. ThePrint – with exceptional reporters, columnists and editors – is doing just that.

Sustaining this needs support from wonderful readers like you.

Whether you live in India or overseas, you can take a paid subscription by clicking here.

Support Our Journalism


  1. Digital india has made internet very cheap that in the future people will have to survive by eating cheap data. Other foods don’t matter.

  2. Migrant labourers are daily wage earners or they send money home. They have minimum money with them the govt could have arranged non AC trains with fixed no of seats maintaining the sociaal distance norm. I am really surprised to see the poor being sidelined. They live in shanties. They manage their lives with minimum use of everything from food shelter water. Whereas the middle class and the rich waste all these resources. It is unfortunate that these people who have voted their leaders are let down by them. Sorry state of affairs.

  3. Our Prime minister has made this country a digital India long ago !! Why these poor fellow do not try to understand the :DIGITAL” India ? After all this country is not a poor one !! We are rich country and anything done will be and should be for the rich…from the rich and to the rich !!!

    • Shameless argument. Being poor doesnt mean people cant access the internet. Internet in India is the cheapest in the world. And poverty has nothing to do with education – being illiterate is a choice and that choice has consequences . There is no point complaining about online reservation – those who want to live in the past are free to stand in the Sun in 2 km long lines !

Comments are closed.

Most Popular