In view of the “Janata curfew” around all express and passenger trains originating from March 21 (midnight) to March 31 (10 pm) are cancelled. The government has suspended running of all passenger trains till 31 March because it ups the stake to contain the rapidly spreading coronavirus within the country. Good trains will still run, the railways said on Sunday (22.03.20). Indian railways run 13,000 passenger trains and 9,000 goods trains per day.
The voluntary Janata curfew called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was, in effect, extended by the Centre on Sunday. It announced a week-long lockdown in as many as 80 districts of the country that have reported confirmed cases of coronavirus.
For the first time in its 167-year-old history, the Indian Railways cancelled all services of passenger trains, including suburban ones, till March 31. the closest equivalent of this was the 54-day railway strike in 1974, when trains didn’t run within the country. The railways, however, said freight trains would run. Around 13,000 trains, including 9,000 passenger trains and 4,000 mail express trains, run daily.
Besides, the Central government asked states to suspend inter-state transport. the choice was taken during a high-level meeting of chief secretaries of all states with the cabinet secretary and therefore the principal secretary to the PM.
All metro rail services, too, would be suspended till March 31.
In Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a lockdown — sealing its borders, shutting down markets and directing private firms to offer compulsory paid leave to all or any employees, including contractual — until the top of March. Beyond the 80 districts, states, including Maharashtra, which is leading in the number of coronavirus cases, Rajasthan and Punjab are now under effective statewide lockdowns after they imposed Section 144 that bars gatherings of over four people.
Full refunds for all cancelled trains will be taken till June 21. The railways, as a special case, relaxed refund rules for tickets generated at reservation counters. Consistent with the rules, if a train runs but a passenger doesn’t want to travel, ticket deposit receipt are often filed within three months of the date of journey at the station rather than the present rule of three days.
In the wake of COVID-19 and as a measure of abundant caution, booking has been suspended for trains running between 22-Mar-2020 and 31-Mar-2020
For trains cancelled by Indian Railways, full refund will be provided automatically by IRCTC. Users need not cancel their e-tickets. Full fare will be credited back into users accounts from which payment was made.
Blankets and curtains not to be available in AC coaches, other linen will continue. Please travel safely/suitably.
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