Amid the rising number of Coronavirus cases in the country, the Indian Railways has decided to discontinue the regular train services till August 12. All tickets reserved for the regularly scheduled trains for journey date from July 1 to August 12 also stand cancelled. And the Railway Board stated that a Full refund will be generated.
All the conventional trains, other than the specific trains which were allowed to run from May to June, have been cancelled from July 1 to August 12. All special trains - 12 pairs operating on the Rajdhani routes since May 12 and 100 pairs running since June 1 - will continue. The limited special suburban services which launched recently in Mumbai to ferry necessary services identified by the local authorities will also continue to run, officials said.
After suspending all train services in March when the nationwide lockdown was announced for the first time, the government started slackening some of the restrictions last month. The Indian Railways had resumed its limited services to run at full capacity on May 12 after nearly two months. On June 1, in the second phase of graded resumption of passenger train operations, it pushed into service 100 more times, including 17 Jan Shatabdi, five Durontos and many traditionally popular mail or express trains to various parts of India.
But now as the coronavirus cases in India continue to swell, the railways has again elected to cancel the regular train services to contain the cases in the country.
How to get a refund?
The Railway Board has said that those who have reserved their tickets from July 1 to August 12, will get a full reimbursement. Before the lockdown, the Railways ran around 12,000 trains every day, transporting 2 crore people.
Some of the passengers had booked tickets for conventional trains being run before lockdown for the journey up to 12 August 2020. To expedite full refunds to those passengers who had booked tickets on or before April 14, 2020, these bookings have been cancelled.
When will all trains resume!
As per the current announcement, the trains are scheduled to recommence from August 13. The Railway spokesperson also said the Railways is monitoring occupancy position of these special trains frequently and whenever a decision is taken to introduce new special trains, its calendar will be notified.