After IRCTC opened its online booking, approximately 30,000 tickets were booked for more than 54,000 passengers within three hours for a dozen special trains. Within minutes after booking started, all tickets across all three AC classes were sold out for Mumbai Central-New Delhi special train till May 18.
Officials said till Monday 9 pm, the overall revenue generated from sale of tickets for these AC trains was around Rs 10 crore. They said there was brisk booking of tickets on trains coming from Howrah and the ones leaving Delhi. Booking for trains from Chennai started after 9 pm, sources said.
Though the railways had announced to start online booking of tickets for the 30 special trains connecting Delhi with 15 major cities from 4pm on Monday, it was delayed by two hours. Officials said details of trains which depart on Tuesday were fed first in the system and then details of other trains were fed into the system. “Within one and a half hours, more than 18,000 tickets were booked,” said an official. He said once details of all the 30 trains are fed ino the system, the number of bookings will increase dramatically.
Till late evening, there were complaints of passengers facing difficulty in selecting destinations as the route could not be accessed on the site. Several took to Twitter to express their anger against IRCTC. One tweeted, “Unable to do booking for New Delhi to Ahmedabad. Only booking for some routes are happening not all the 30 special trains @irctc @RailMinIndia.”
The railways has announced limited passenger service from Tuesday and it plans to run more special trains gradually.