No passenger train to begin journey from Sunday midnight to 10 pm in view of Janata curfew
NEW DELHI :
NO PASSENGER train will originate from any railway station in the country from midnight to 10 pm on Sunday in view of the “Janta curfew” announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to a railway order issued on Friday. It stated that mail and express trains will also stop services from 4 am to 10 pm on Sunday while all suburban train services will be reduced to a bare minimum as well. “All passenger trains originating between midnight of March 21/March 22 to 22:00 hours of March 22 (approximately 2,400 services) shall not be run. However, the passenger train services already on run at 0700 hours on the day will be allowed to run to the destinations.
Divisions should keep a watch and trains which are empty could be short terminated, if required,” the railway order said. It also said that the decision has been taken in view of the coronavirus outbreak and the fact that the demand will be less due to ‘Janta Curfew’. Suburban services in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Secunderabad shall be reduced to bare minimum level only to cater to essential travel. The order said, “Wherever long-distance train and Intercity train has huge occupancy, zonal railways may at their discretion decide to not cancel such trains and run them as per schedule/revised schedule so that large number of passengers do not get stranded on March 22.”
The also stated that passengers alighting from trains already on the run, and desirous of staying at the station will be accommodated in waiting halls, waiting rooms and concourse without creating overcrowding conditions while provisions for drinking water, refreshments on payment shall be arranged. “Adequate arrangements may be made to facilitate hassle-free refund to passengers affected by train cancellations. Zonal railways will keep a close watch on the situation at major stations and where needed order special trains to clear rush of passengers who may be stranded at stations despite advance public notice,” the order stated. As of now, the Indian Railways has cancelled 245 trains in order to restrict unnecessary travel following the coronavirus outbreak. Pitching for “social distancing”, PM Modi on Thursday called for a ‘Janta curfew’ from 7 am to 9 pm on March 22, saying no citizen, barring those in essential services, should get out of their houses, and asserted that it will be a litmus test to show India’s readiness to take on the coronavirus challenge.
IRCTC orders closure of all onboard catering services in mail, express trains from 22nd: THE IRCTC has ordered the closure of all onboard catering services in mail or express trains from March 22 until further notice in view of the coronavirus outbreak, according to an order from the railway subsidiary on Friday. The Indian Railway Catering and Toursim Corporation (IRCTC) has also decided to close all food plazas, refreshment rooms, Jan Aahars and cell kitchens until further notice. “Food plazas, refreshment rooms, Jan Aahars and cell kitchens should be closed until further advice. “The static units supplying meals to prepaid trains which are in operation may continue to operate. The onboard catering services in mail express trains and TSV trains should be closed until further advice,” the order stated.