Special Train Departs From New Delhi as Operations Resume Amid COVID-19

The New Delhi-Bilaspur Rajdhani Superfast train departed from the New Delhi, India, station on May 12. It was the first of 30 special trains set to carry passengers as operations began resuming after being forced to cease due to COVID-19.

According to reports, the train carried 1,072 passengers. A total of 15 pairs of trains would connect from New Delhi to Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.

The Shramik special train from Chandigarh to Bhagalpur also departed on Tuesday, with a total 1,296 passengers, according to reports. Food and water bottles were provided to each passenger.

This video posted by Northern Railways shows the celebration as the first Bilaspur-bound Rajdhani Superfast Special departed New Delhi Station.

As of May 12, India reported 73,981 cases of COVID-19 and 2,408 deaths. Credit: Northern Railways, India via Storyful