Published On: Sun, Mar 22nd, 2020

All trains cancelled till March 31 to curb coronavirus spread

New Delhi: Rail Minister Piyush Goyal has taken the unprecedented and important decision to cancel all train services across its vast network till March 31, in view of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Rail Minister Piyush Goyal

This comes after some passengers with self-quarantine stamps were deboarded from several trains.

Additionally, some passengers travelling on various trains of Indian Railways have tested positive for coronavirus, raising fears of the possibility of community transmission through the railway network.

Indian Railways has already issued an advisory to people to undertake a train journey only if absolutely necessary.

Indian Railways, as part of the Janta curfew announced by PM Narendra Modi, has shut its services from midnight to 10:00 PM today.

According to a new order issued by the railways, only goods trains will run from March 22 midnight to March 31 midnight.

“However, a bare minimum suburban services and the Kolkata Metro Rail service will continue till March 22 midnight. Thereafter, these services will also be stopped till March 31 midnight,” a spokesperson of the Indian Railways said.

TST

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