New Delhi: Indian Railways has announced a regulation in services for Sunday, with not too much crowd expected in the wake of the nation observing ‘Janata Curfew,’ as urged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation on Thursday. Also Read - Janata Curfew: Know What All Will be Closed in Your State From Today
In his address, the Prime Minister had urged the citizens to observe the ‘curfew’ from 7 AM to 9 PM on Sunday, ostensibly to prepare them for a longer lockdown, which might be needed in the future due to the worsening of the coronavirus pandemic situation. Also Read - No 'Janata Curfew' at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, Anti-CAA Protests to Continue
Here’s what the advisory, released by the Railway Board, states: Also Read - Corona Go: Shashi Tharoor Makes Fun of Janata Curfew, Shares Morphed Video
(1.) (a) Suburban services in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Secunderabad: These services shall operate at a bare minimum level keeping in mind that the day is a holiday, i.e Sunday. The Zonal Railways can decide upon the number of services as per local conditions and reuirements.
(b) Passenger trains: All passenger trains originating on the midnight of March 21-March 22 till 10 PM on March 22 will not run. However, all the passenger trains on the run at 7 AM in the day will be allowed to reach their respective destinations.
(c) Mail/Express & Intercity trains: All long-distance trains in these categories shall not run from 4 AM on March 22. However, trains already on the run at 7 AM shall be allowed to complete their run.
(2.) Passengers who are alighting at en route stations from trains already on the run, and desirous of staying at the stations, would be accommodated in waiting halls, waiting rooms and concourse without an overcrowding situation being created.
(3.) Arrangements would be made to ensure hassle-free refunds to passengers whose trains are cancelled.
(4.) Zonal Railways are to keep a close watch on situation at major stations and, if needed, run special trains to ferry passengers who might get stuck at stations despite, advance public notice.