IRCTC has extended the suspension duration of its three private express passenger trains till April 30, 2020. Considering the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in India, the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has decided to restart Varanasi-Indore Kashi Mahakal Express, Lucknow-New Delhi Tejas Express and Ahmedabad-Mumbai Tejas Express only after April 30, 2020.

IRCTC had temporarily suspended operations of its three private fast-speed trains from April 15 to April 25. But now, considering the growth in Coronavirus transmission, train bookings have been stopped till April 30. An IRCTC official reportedly told the press that all the passengers who had booked their train tickets between April 15 and April 30, will get an automatic refund of their booking amount in their bank account.

Taking into account the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic in India, the railways have suspended all its train services across the network including local suburban trains, mail/express trains, inter-city trains and long distance trains. Besides, even before the 21-day lockdown in India was declared by the PM, the railway officials had been performing thermal screening of passengers on railway platforms as well as trains. The price of railway platform tickets was also hiked to discourage people from unnecessarily gathering at the station platforms. In addition, thorough cleansing of train coaches and the station premises was done by the sanitation staff to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

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