New Delhi: At a time when a number of states are planning to extend the nationwide lockdown, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on Tuesday suspended bookings for its 3 trains till April 30. The bookings for the trains were earlier suspended till the end of 21-day lockdown. Also Read - Need Of The Hour! Indian Railways Develops Wash Basin That Operates Without Touching
Issuing a notification, the IRCTC said all passengers who booked tickets on IRCTC-run 3 trains will get full refund. Also Read - Amid Lockdown, Indian Railways to Run Parcel Trains For Transportation of Essential Commodities
The bookings for the three trains — Kashi Mahakal Express on the Varanasi-Indore route, the Lucknow-New Delhi Tejas and the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Tejas — were earlier suspended only between April 25 and April 15 during the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis. However, the booking of tickets for travel on these trains was supposed to be allowed after the lockdown. Also Read - Coronavirus Scare: Indian Railways Cancels 76 Trains
As per updates, the move to not run trains till April 30 was taken keeping in view that the rising cases of coronavirus in the country.
Earlier, the IRCTC had issued a notification saying anybody can book train tickets in advance as the Indian Railways had never suspended reservation for journeys after April 14. However, the national transporter clarified that the IRCTC concessions can only be availed by patients, students and people with disabilities.
“We will withdraw the order in time. For now, given the spread of the virus we want to give out a message to the people not to travel over the next two-three months. They can wait and book their tickets, there is no hurry. If they hurry, they will not get the concessions. We never said that we are permanently withdrawing concessions,” the Indian Railways said.
Notably, the railways had suspended all passenger services till April 14 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown across the country to contain the spread of coronavirus.