New Delhi: The Railways has started keeping records of the 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 Thursday. Also Read - Prince Charles Says he Feels Lucky After Coronavirus Recovery

The provision to include the destination address has been made on the IRCTC website from May 13. Also Read - Social Distancing, Thermal Screening: These Are Centre's Fresh SOPs For Restaurants, Hotels, Hospitality Units



“With effect from May 13, IRCTC taking destination address of all passengers booking tickets. This will help in contact tracing if required later,” Railway spokesperson RD Bajpai said, adding it would now be a permanent feature for the near future. Also Read - Humans Start Defecating in Open, Toronto Park Puts up 'Be a Good Neighbor, Pick up After Your Human' Signboards

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.