As India observes
Janta Curfew today to fight against coronavirus, the nation comes to an absolute standstill. Two important developments happened during this time that are bound to affect the lives of thousands. As the number of coronavirus cases rose to 341, the Indian Railways took a major decision. The railways have now cancelled passenger trains until March 31, 2020. Only goods trains will be operating during this time.

The news broke after Railway Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted the message. By passenger trains, the ministry of railways means all mail, express trains, suburban trains, passenger trains, Kolkata Metro Rail, Konkan Railways, etc. However, minimum suburban services, and the Kolkata metro will continue to run until March 22 midnight. It will stop its services thereafter. The railways also said that passengers will get full refund for cancelled trains till March 21.

This means that Mumbai’s lifeline, the Mumbai local trains will also be closed for commuters until March 31.

The Railways also tweeted that all rail museums are to remain closed until April 15, 2020.

Delhi Metro

Another important decision was taken by the Delhi Metro. Observing
Janta Curfew today, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) cancelled all its operations. Metro services will remain shut until Monday, March 23, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Metro services will start at 6 AM across all metro stations at a frequency of 20 minutes until 8:00 AM. However, this is only for those who are in essential services such as hospitals, fire, electricity, police, etc. You would have to show identification proving your profession. From 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM the metro will run normally, and the general public would be permitted to commute, without any identification. From 10:00 AM onwards, the metro services will be cancelled until 4:00 PM on the same day.

Metro services will resume after 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM, and stop after that for the day. On March 23, 2020, parking facilities will also be unavailable at all metro stations throughout the day.

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