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Indian Railways To Suspend All Trains Until June But To Conduct Shramik Only

Indian Railways said that all passenger trains, except for special trains, would remain suspended till June end

The Railways has terminated all passenger train tickets for journeys booked before and including June 30 including freight, express and suburban services. The Railways confirmed in a Thursday announcement that a complete refund would be given to all passengers whose tickets have been cancelled.

Until lockdown, the cancelled tickets were booked while the railways already making travel reservations in June. Those that have booked seats 120 days before the date of the travel can earn a credit for cancellations.

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Since 22 March, rail services have been discontinued to reduce the dissemination of the virus in the region. Initiating 30 special tracks that connect Delhi and other major cities of Indian India , Indian Trailways “gradually” resumed passenger trains this week. These are trains to Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru , Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Central Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Jamb Tawi from New Delhi Station.

Some trains do have coaches with air conditioning. The fares would be identical to those provided by Rajdhani Express, said an official railway ministry.

The Indian Railway started to book special trains by purchasing 45,000 tickets on a Monday. Both Mumbai Central-New Delhi tickets were sold in a matter of minutes until May 18. The trains provided a plan for trains between 12 May and 20 May. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Company or IRCTC web site or smartphone device will reserve the tickets for specific tracks for passengers. In the wake of the latest pandemic of coronavirus ticket booking counters at train stations shall be locked.

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The train stations can only be reached by passengers with legitimate verified tickets. No tickets are issued for platforms. Wear a face mask and carefully search at stations will be carried out on any passenger. On board the trains, passengers must install the Aarogya Setu Device.

Until entering the ship, the passengers are screened. Both these new requirements will be met by the station at least 90 minutes before the planned journey. Travel is only allowed for asymptomatic people or people who do not have coroanvirus symptoms.

Starting this month, Indian Railways scheduled a special lock-down of coronavirus train for migrant employees stuck in various states. The carrier has run over six hundred Shramik Special trains to transport migrants.

The railways claimed that for the Shramik Specials, they were run only until both the State that sent the passengers and the State that received them had provided competition.

This 800 trains were finalized in various states including Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur , Mizoram, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal.

Tons of Migrants’ who were left stranded all over the country following the first imposition of a lockdown. They had no jobs, money, nutrition or shelter, and had to try to walk hundreds of miles away, triggering a massive crisis with public transportation, including trains.

The government, allegedly driven by the fear of political backlashes, finally allowed migrants and other stranded people to take special trains.