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Railways cancels all regular trains till August 12, specials to continue

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The announcement was made by the Railway Board on Thursday and will apply to mail/express, passenger and suburban trains.

File photo of a train-guard waving a flag (Photo Credits: PTI)

Indian Railway Board has announced its decision to cancel all regular time-tabled passenger services, including mail/express, passenger and suburban trains up to August 12.

All the tickets booked for regular timetabled trains for the journey date between July 1 and August 12 also stand cancelled, the Railway Board said in a statement on Thursday.

In March, the Indian Railways cancelled all passenger train services till further notice as per the Government of India’s order to enforce a nationwide lockdown came into effect. This cancellation of passenger trains was extended till May 3 in light of the rise in novel coronavirus cases across the country.

In May, the Indian Railways cancelled all regular trains till June 30 with the exception of special trains and Shramik Special trains.

Shramik Special trains were used to ferry migrants stranded in various states to their native homes while special trains were launched by the Central government to restore the inter-state movement of passengers.

Earlier this week, the Indian Railways announced its plans to back Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan by committing to creating 8 lakh man-days by the end of October to boost employment opportunities in districts across India where migrants have returned in large numbers since the pandemic began. The Railway Board also set aside Rs 1,800 crore for this purpose and issued directions to zonal officers in this regard.

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