Corona: Railways suspend passenger trains till 3 May
New Delhi: Indian Railways has extended the ban on the arrival of all types of passenger trains till the midnight of May 3. The decision has been taken with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of a nationwide lockdown surge following the global outbreak of the Coronavirus. However, the operation of the goods trains will continue uninterrupted to maintain the supply of essential goods.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced today morning a 19-day extension of the nationwide lockdown, after which the Railway Board issued orders to all rail zones, Konkan Railway Corporation and Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation.
The Railway Board has stated in the order that all passenger rail services, such as mail, express, passenger, premium, suburban, Kolkata Metro, etc. will not be operating till midnight of May 3, including Shatabdi, Rajdhani, Duronto, Gatiman, all premiums including Vande India, Tejas, Mail / Express, Super Fast, Passenger Trains. However, the goods trains will continue to operate.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to follow “Janata Curfew” on March 22, to the people of the country because of the Coronavirus crisis. Earlier in this regards, the Indian Railways, for the first time, had taken one of its kind steps in history announcing the irregular cancellation of 3700 non-suburban trains and 100 subway services on March 22. Later, on March 22, the Railway had declared a complete halt in the country till midnight on March 31.