Agencies

New Delhi

The railways has started keeping records of destination address of all passengers booking their tickets on the IRCTC website to help facilitate contact tracing in case COVID-19 infections are detected among them later, officials said on Thursday.

The provision to include the destination address has been made on the IRCTC website from May 13.

“With effect from May 13, the IRCTC has been taking destination address of all the passengers booking tickets. The process will help in contact tracing, if required at a later stage,” Railway spokesperson RD Bajpai said, adding that it would now be a permanent feature for the near future.

He also said that keeping in view the coronavirus crisis, it will be mandatory for passengers to fill up their address details for any bookings.

Earlier, in at least 12 cases, passengers travelling in trains were later found to be COVID-19 positive.

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