The Indian Railways has announced that all the trains have been canceled and full refunds of passenger’s money will be issued to all passengers who had booked tickets for travel on these special trains. These measures, however, do not include the Shramik Special trains and special trains that started running from May 12. Shramik Special trains are taking migrant laborers from different states to their home states while the special trains are running on 15 routes to ferry stranded Indians across the country.
On May 12, Indian Railways had started 15 special trains in the ongoing lockdown with an aim to gradually resume the train services in India which are a lifeline in India for transport and communication in the country.
The tickets of regular trains, which are being canceled, were booked during the lockdown period when the railways was allowing bookings for journeys in June expecting situations would be alright by the time of June. Regular mail, express, passenger and suburban services of the railways had been suspended from March 25 due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown.
On the first day of bookings on IRCTC, the Indian Railways had booked tickets for 80,000 passengers, earning a staggering amount of Rs 16 crore. Railway Board on Wednesday issued an order introducing the provision of waiting list starting May 22 for journeys not only on its presently operational special trains but also on all its forthcoming services.