IRCTC Latest News: Leading to more confusions, the Indian railways on Thursday cancelled all passenger tickets of special trains whose originating and terminating stations fall within Maharashtra after the state government prohibited inter-district travel. On Thursday, the number of cases in Maharashtra crossed 41,000 — translating to one death every 22 minutes and a staggering 98 cases every hour.Also Read - Maharashtra: 7 Medical Students, Including BJP MLA's Son, killed In Car Accident; PM Announces Ex-Gratia

In an order issued on Thursday, the railways said all the tickets of the special trains scheduled to run from June 1 in Maharashtra will be automatically cancelled and a full refund will be provided to passengers. Also Read - Indian Railways Cancels 478 Trains Passing Through Delhi, UP And Bihar | Full List

It also said that till further notice, intra-state bookings within Maharashtra should not be permitted. This, however, does not mean that trains cannot originate from stations in Maharashtra, a railway spokesperson said. Also Read - Northern Railway Recruitment 2022: Walk in Interview For Senior Residents Posts to Begin on Feb 3, Check Eligibility and Vacancy Details

“It means that people cannot board and deboard a train from within the state,” he said.

For instance, if a train from Mumbai to Kanpur goes via Nashik, no passenger who has boarded the train from any station in Maharashtra can deboard within the boundaries of the state.

However, a passenger can board the train from Nashik and travel outside the state, the spokesperson explained. “Only those who have availed tickets to travel within the state cannot do so now,” he added.

The 100 pairs of special trains, including the Duronto Express, Jan Shatabdi and several popular mail and express trains, are scheduled to begin their journey from June 1.

The railway board order also stated that passengers should be sent an SMS stating that, “Due to restrictions imposed by Maharashtra government for travel within the state by train, your ticket has been cancelled and full refund shall be given.”

However, Mumbai locals are on the track from early this week as the Central Railway started local trains only for railway workers engaged in essential services — from Tuesday.

(With Agency Inputs)