Indian Railways on Tuesday made it clear that all regular passenger and suburban train services, which were suspended in view of COVID10 pandemic, will continue to “remain suspended till further notice”.
“As decided and informed earlier on as well, regular passenger and suburban train services will continue to remain suspended till further notice,” the Railway Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Railway Ministry stated that 230 Special Trains, which are running at present, will continue to operate.
Local trains in Mumbai, which are presently being run on a limited basis only on the requisition of state government, will also continue to run, it said.
The occupancy of special trains is being monitored on a regular basis.
“Additional special trains may be run based on the requirement,” the ministry said.
However, all other regular trains and suburban trains, which were running before lockdown, will remain suspended for the time being, the ministry clarified.
“The last Shramik Special train ran on July 9 and with that, we presume that we have met the demand of the states regarding these trains. However, if there is more such demand, we will run these services again,” Railway Board chairman VK Yadav said in an online press meet earlier.
All regular train services were cancelled since March 25 due to lockdown imposed in the wake of COVID19 pandemic.
The IRCTC has suspended advance reservations for regular train services from April 15.