New Delhi. The Indian Railways will suspend regular train services in India till August 12, owing to the increasing coronavirus cases in the country. The Railway Board order stated, "All tickets booked for the regular time-tabled trains for journey date from August 1 to August 12 also stand cancelled. Full refund will be generated."
The regular train services had been cancelled days ahead of pan-India lockdown which began from March 25. While on May 12, the Indian Railways had recommenced the limited services to operate at full capacity after a suspension of around two months when all the trains were cancelled due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown. The second phase of limited resumption has started on June 1.
Trains to resume from August 13
Meanwhile, Railways has operated more than 4,000 Shramik Special trains since May 1 to carry migrant workers back to their home states. As per the current scenario, the trains are scheduled to resume from August 13. The Railway spokesperson mentioned that Railways is monitoring occupancy position of these special trains on a regular basis and whenever a decision is taken to introduce new special trains, its schedule will be notified.
Following trains stand cancelled-
All the regular trains, except for the special trains which were allowed to run in May and June, stand cancelled from July 1 to August 12. All special trains i.e 12 pairs operating on the Rajdhani routes since May 12 and 100 pairs running since June 1, will continue, as per the sources. The limited special suburban services which began recently in Mumbai to carry essential services personnel identified by the local authorities will also remain operational.
Here's how to receive refund
The Railway Board has mentioned that those who have booked tickets from July 1 to August 12, will get a full refund. "Some of the passengers had booked tickets for regular trains being run before lockdown for the journey up to 12 August, 2020 (120 days from 14 April 2020). In order to facilitate full refunds to those passengers who had booked tickets on or prior to April 14, 2020, these bookings have been cancelled," a railway spokesperson stated.