Indian Railways (Representational image) | Commons
Indian Railways (representational image) | Commons
Text Size:

New Delhi: The railways ministry had announced that it would start bookings for passenger tickets at 4 pm Monday, but the IRCTC website remained down for at least 40 minutes after the appointed time. Subsequently, it was announced that the IRCTC would now take bookings after 6pm.

After half an hour of the website not functioning, the railways ministry tweeted: “Data pertaining to special trains is being fed in the IRCTC website. Train ticket bookings will be available in a short while. Please wait. Inconvenience is regretted.”

A ministry spokesperson told ThePrint that the website was down because of too much “rush”, leading to a temporary glitch.

“There is adequate bandwidth, the bookings will begin soon…The technical team is looking into it, we will start the bookings by 6 pm,” the spokesperson said.

Also read: No linen, only packaged food & sanitisers — the new railway experience

Plan to restart train services 

Sunday’s announcement that the Indian Railways will restart a small number of passenger trains from 12 May was seen as a major indication that the country could slowly move towards normalcy.

The railways had shut down all passenger trains from 22 March, the day observed as ‘janata curfew’ at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after which India was brought under a strict lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Initially, operations are set to restart with 15 pairs of trains (30 return journeys), the government’s statement had said. These will run as special trains from New Delhi, connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.

The railways have said that special services on new routes will be started gradually, based on the number of available coaches.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs Monday read: “Movement of trains shall be permitted by Ministry of Railways, in a graded manner in consultation with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).”

Also read: Railways back on track & front pages, ET on Apple’s possible ‘bigger bite’ in India


Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram

Why news media is in crisis & How you can fix it

You are reading this because you value good, intelligent and objective journalism. We thank you for your time and your trust.

You also know that the news media is facing an unprecedented crisis. It is likely that you are also hearing of the brutal layoffs and pay-cuts hitting the industry. There are many reasons why the media’s economics is broken. But a big one is that good people are not yet paying enough for good journalism.

We have a newsroom filled with talented young reporters. We also have the country’s most robust editing and fact-checking team, finest news photographers and video professionals. We are building India’s most ambitious and energetic news platform. And have just turned three.

At ThePrint, we invest in quality journalists. We pay them fairly. As you may have noticed, we do not flinch from spending whatever it takes to make sure our reporters reach where the story is.

This comes with a sizable cost. For us to continue bringing quality journalism, we need readers like you to pay for it.

If you think we deserve your support, do join us in this endeavour to strengthen fair, free, courageous and questioning journalism. Please click on the link below. Your support will define ThePrint’s future.

Support Our Journalism

1 Comment Share Your Views


  1. KAtpadi jn to west bangal howra jn. 500dred sromik work in new cmc project rathanagri kanagipuram villore. Saphorji palayenji company ltd.ours cam from west bangal. Plese ours depart to my stat.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here