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The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on Thursday started the online bookings for 200 new trains that are to commence operations from June 1 next.

The Indian Railways on Wednesday announced that a list of 100 pairs of trains will start operating from June 1.

The new announcement will put in operation popular trains such as Durontos, Sampark Krantis, Jan Shatabdi and Poorva Express.

“Only online E-Ticketing will be done through IRCTC website or through Mobile App. No tickets will be booked across the reservation counter on any Railway Station. Booking of tickets through ‘agents’, (both IRCTC Agents and Railway Agents) shall not be permitted,” the Railways said in a statement.

The ARP (advance reservation period) shall be maximum 30 days and RAC and the waiting list will be generated as per extant rules, it said.

Those with waiting list tickets will not be permitted to board the train, the Railways added.

No unreserved (UTS) tickets will be issued and no tickets will be issued onboard to any passenger during the journey, it added.

It also stated that no tatkal and premium tatkal booking shall be permitted in these trains.

Meanwhile, the Railways started the 200 new trains shall be in addition to the existing Shramik special trains being run since May 1 and Special AC trains being run since May 12.

“Other regular Passenger services including all mail/express, passenger and suburban services shall remain cancelled until further advice,” it added.

The new trains will be fully reserved trains having both AC & Non AC classes, the Railways said.

“General (GS) coaches shall also have reserved seat for sitting. There will be no unreserved coach in the train,” it added.

“Fare shall be as normal and for General (GS) coaches, being reserved, second seating(2S) fare shall be charged and seat will be provided to all the passengers,” it added.

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