NEW DELHI: As the toll for coronavirus cases keep rising in the nation, the national transporter declared today i.e. 22 March 2020 that all the trains, except for goods trains are being suspended till 31st March.
Executive Director from the Ministry of Railways, Rajesh Dutt Bajpai mentioned in a statement, "No train except goods train will be run up to midnight hrs of March 31. Bare minimum suburban services and Kolkata metro Rail service will continue to run till midnight on March 22. Thereafter these services will also be stopped till midnight of March 31."
The action was taken as 2 new deaths from the virus made the headlines, out of the current 283 confirmed cases from India.
As 'Janta Curfew' was initiated by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on 19 March 2020, the Indian Railways had already planned to postpone the trains running long distance and originating from 4:00 am to 10:00 pm. The railways have also cancelled the passenger trains which run across the entire country.
Apart from this, yesterday i.e. 21 March 2020, railways put a stop to a total of 245 pairs of trains that run within the nation. The facility of providing bed sheets and blankets in the air-conditioned coaches was also stopped by the railways.