New Delhi: At least 22 low occupancy trains of the Central Railways, including CSMT-Nizamuddin Rajdhani, Howrah Duronto and Deccan Express were on Tuesday cancelled in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus outbreak. The trains have been cancelled till March 31. Also Read - 9 PM, 9-Minute: India Gears up For 'Diya Jalao' Challenge; PM Modi, Shah Remind Citizens to Turn Off Lights Tonight
The Central Railways Board also noted that a number of other trains will be running at a lower frequency. Also Read - Coronavirus: Man Killed in West Bengal as Groups Clash Over Setting up of Quarantine Centre
Meanwhile, the Western Railways also cancelled 35 trips of 10 trains amid the rising fears of COVID-19.
Earlier today, the railways hiked the price of platform tickets from Rs 10 to Rs 50 until further orders at about 250 stations in 6 Divisions – Mumbai, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Ratlam, Rajkot, Bhavnagar – to prevent overcrowding at railway stations.
However, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray clarified that the local railways will continue its services. “Trains and buses are essential services, so we are not stopping them as of now, but if people don’t listen to our advice and don’t avoid unnecessary travel, then we will think about that too. Next 15-20 days are very crucial for us,” Thackeray asserted.
Notably, Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 41 positive cases and one death, marking India’s third death due to the epidemic.