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Railways suspend passenger trains, cancels tickets booked till June end

The Indian Railway Ministry on Thursday has announced the cancellation of all tickets booked for passenger trains for travel on or before June 30, to mitigate the virus spread in the country Passengers will get full refund ministry said.

The special shramik trains that are being run by the railways to ferry stranded migrants to their hometowns will continue to function.

The railway said due to Coronavirus symptoms the passengers are disallowed from travelling on trains and will receive full refund for their tickets.

As per the guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs, only asymptomatic passengers shall be allowed to enter/board trains.

However as per the orders, “If, during screening, a passenger has very high temperature/symptoms of COVID-19 etc., he shall not be allowed to travel despite having confirmed tickets. In such case full refund shall be provided to the passenger,”

It said that on a group ticket if one passenger is found unfit to travel and all other passengers on the same PNR also do not want to travel, in that case full refund shall be granted for all passengers.

The Indian Railways “gradually” resumed 30 special trains connecting Delhi and other major cities in India. These trains will run from New Delhi station to Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.  These trains have only air-conditioned coaches. The fares will be similar to Rajdhani Express fares, a railway ministry official said.

-Davinder Panesar, NMTV News


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