The Indian Railways is cancelling round 3.9 million journey tickets booked between April 15 and May three due to extension of the nationwide lockdown and suspension of passenger trains until then within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, PTI reported.
With the national transporter permitting tickets to be booked through the 21-day lockdown for journeys after April 14, round 39 lakh bookings have been made by passengers hoping that trains shall be in operation post-lockdown. However, with the announcement of the extension of the lockdown interval, railways on Tuesday not solely cancelled all its passenger providers until May three but additionally stopped all advance bookings.
All passengers will, nonetheless, get a full refund for tickets booked on the now cancelled trains as properly as for these booked prematurely.
Railways has additionally mentioned full refunds could be robotically supplied by the national transporter for its on-line prospects, whereas those that have booked on the counters can take the refunds up to July 31. Despite the uncertainty, 45 per cent of those tickets have been booked prior to now seven days.
Meanwhile, as a part of its preparedness, the Indian Railways has additionally requested zones to make sure the safety of coaches parked in depots. Officials say as soon as the providers resume full throttle, they anticipate overcrowding at stations and measures have to be chalked out on how to take care of them.
The focus now for railways, the officers mentioned, is to make sure that the rakes of passenger trains which have been suspended due to the lockdown had returned to their respective bases, obtained correct upkeep like charging of batteries, cleansing of bio-toilets, and have been prepared to return on the tracks as soon as the resumption of providers is introduced.