File photo of New Delhi railway station
File photo of New Delhi railway station|IANS

Railways cancel 155 pairs of trains amid coronavirus crisis


New Delhi, March 19, 2020

Amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the Indian Railways on Thursday said that they have cancelled 84 pairs of trains, taking the total number of train cancelled to 155 pairs, to contain the spread of the pandemic.

A senior railway ministry official said here that the decision was taken in view of the increase in number of COVID-19 patients in India, that has touched 166 on Thursday, with 15 new cases across the country.

The official said that, as a precautionary measure, Indian Railways has cancelled 84 pairs of low occupancy trains having journey commencing dates from March 20 to 31.

He said all the passengers having tickets in these trains are being informed about the decision individually.

The official further said that "no cancellation fee" will be taken for these trains.

"Hundred per cent amount would be refunded to passengers," he said.

The Railways have also increased the price of platform tickets at over 500 station to Rs 50 from Rs 10 to avoid the huge rush and gathering at major stations across the country.