New Delhi :As part of efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, the Indian Railways on Sunday announced the cancellation of all train services, barring goods train, till March 31.“In continuation of the measures taken in the wake of COVID-19, it has been decided that all passenger train services on Indian Railways, including premium trains, Mail/Express trains, passenger trains, suburban trains, Kolkata Metro Rail, Konkan Railway etc shall be cancelled till the 2400 hrs of 31.03.2020,” the Indian Railways said.
The railways, which had cancelled more than 1000 trains, said it will shut passenger train services till March 31. Interstate buses and metro services would follow the same schedule. Several states, including Punjab and Rajasthan, have announced a complete lockdown that involves shutting down public transport, malls and shops. Only essential services will operate in 75 districts which saw confirmed cases of COVID-19, the government has said. Delhi has sealed its borders and shut its shops, allowing only essential items. Less than hour after Arvind Kejriwal announced that all flights at the airport will be banned, aviation regulator DGCA, in a counter, said no such ban was applicable.
Here Are some Points On Coronavirus Shutdown:
At a meeting this morning, the railway board decided to stop the passenger train services till March 31.Metro services in various cities as well as the interstate buses would follow suit. The suburban trains will run till tonight.
The railways said the passenger trains that are already on way will be allowed to reach their destination and adequate arrangements will be made for passengers.”To ensure supply of essential items in various parts of the country, the movement of goods trains would continue,’ a communique from the railways said.International flights have already been banned for a week and many airlines have talked about reducing flights.
The government move came following a review meeting of the situation involving top officials of the Centre and the state.
A communique released after the meeting read, “It was agreed that there was an urgent need to extend the restrictions on the movement of non-essential passenger transport.So far, 12 passengers who travelled in trains on March 13 and 16 have been found to be COVID-positive. On Saturday, a couple was pulled off a Delhi-bound Rajdhani train after co-passengers noticed a home quarantine seal on the man’s hand.
Gujarat has announced a lockdown for four cities, Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, and Vadodara, until Wednesday. Only shops selling essentials like vegetables, dairy products, and medical items will remain open.Many states suspended bus operations to prevent daily wage earners moving from cities to villages. Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “Many of my brothers and sisters are leaving the city where they earn a living and returning to their villages. Travelling in a crowd increases the risk of COVID19 infection. Wherever you’re going, it’ll pose danger to people there too. It will increase difficulties for them.
In a major development, Indian Railways has relaxed Refund Rules for PRS counter generated ticket. The step was taken to avoid over crowding at Railway Stations in view of COVID 19 and practice social distancing. Here are top details to know:-
– In order to further facilitate rail passengers in availing facility of refund of tickets along with ensuring avoidance of crowded places and practice social distancing, Indian Railways has relaxed Refund Rules for PRS counter generated tickets as a special case.
– All rules for e-ticket remain same as passenger does not need to come to Station for refund of ticket.
– This relaxation is for 3 months journey period i.e from 21st March – 21st June 2020.
– Relaxation in the Refund Rules for PRS counter generated tickets are as follows:For trains cancelled by Railways for journey period 21 March – 21 June 2020, refund across counter can be taken on submission of ticket upto 3 (three) months from date of journey. (Instead of extant rule of 3 days/ 72 hours excluding day of journey)
When train is NOT cancelled but Passenger does not want to perform journey.• TDR ( Ticket Deposit Receipt) can be filed within 3 months from date of journey at the station. (Instead of extant rule of 3 days)• TDR can be submitted to CCO (Chief claims officer)/ CCM (Chief commercial manager), Refund / Claims office for getting the refund with 60 days of filing of TDR subject to verification from Train chart. (Instead of extant rule of 10 days)