New Delhi: Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis, the Indian Railways on Thursday said that it has cancelled more than 150 trains to prevent the spread of the virus in the country.
A senior Indian railway ministry official said that the decision was taken in view of the increase in a number of Corovavirus (COVID-19) patients in India, that has touched 190 on Thursday, with 15 new cases across the country.
The official said that as a precautionary measure to contain the COVID-19, Indian Railways has cancelled 84 pairs of low occupancy trains which was scheduled to run from March 20 to 31, 2020. 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 and a full refund will be initiated soon.
The Indian railways have also increased the price of platform tickets at more than 500 stations to Rs 50 from Rs 10 to avoid the huge rush and gathering at major stations across the country.
Here’s the full list of train that have been cancelled
India has 197 positive case of coronavirus so far with total 4 deaths through the country.
World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the novel coronavirus a Pandemic last week. COVID-19 oubreak which began from a sea food market in Wuhan China in December last year and has claimed more than 9,350 lives and infected more than 2,28,340 people since the outbreak began.