The Railway Ministry said that regular passenger trains, including suburban rail, will not be resumed until further notice. The Railways cited the reason for the restrictions placed on the transport system due to the Covid-19.
Rail News: Because of the rapidly increasing corona cases in the country, the Railways have cancelled all regular Passenger Trains indefinitely. Railways said that all regular passenger trains would remain suspended until further notice. The statement issued by the railway meant that 230 special trains currently running will continue to operate. The limited operation of Mumbai local train services will continue as before.
All 230 Special Trains Will Continue to Operate
The statement issued by the railway clearly stated that 230 special trains currently running will continue to operate. Those travelling in these trains can book seats even 30 days in advance. Apart from this, limited operation of Mumbai local train services will also continue as before. Mumbai Local is running for limited people on the demand of the state government.
More Special Trains Can Run on the Requirement of the States
Railways said that the number of passengers on special trains is regularly monitored. Apart from this, more special trains can be run depending on the requirement of the states. In May, when the regular train service was cancelled till 12 August, it was decided to give 100% refund on booking tickets.
Railways Will Suffer a Loss of Rs 40,000 Crores
Indian Railways earlier cancelled regular train operations till 12 August. The railways have estimated to bear a loss of Rs 40,000 crores during the current financial year 2020-21 due to the stoppage of passenger trains. But the permission of the Ministry of Home and Health will also be required to start operating regular trains.
More Than 60,000 New Cases in 24 Hours
Sixty thousand nine hundred sixty-three cases of coronavirus have been reported in India in the last 24 hours, and 834 deaths have occurred. The total number of positive cases in the country has increased to 23,29,639, of which 6,43,948 are active cases, and 16,39,600 people have been cured, so far 46,091 people have died due to corona.
Following the nationwide lockdown by the Central Government on 25 March, the regular operation of trains was banned. Later, the Ministry had introduced the Shramik Special Train Schemefor the migrant labourers. Subsequently, limited special train services were introduced between selected destinations in the country.
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