The Railway Ministry has suspended all regular passenger trains until further notice. Only the 230 special trains will be allowed to run. By Tanvi Jain

 

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The Indian Railways has recently confirmed that all regular passenger trains will remain suspended until further notice“Regular passenger and suburban train services will continue to remain suspended until further notice. However, 230 Special Trains, which are running at present, will continue to operate. Local trains in Mumbai, which are presently being run on a limited basis only on the requisition of the state government, will also continue to run,” the Railway Ministry said in a statement.  

The occupancy of special trains is being monitored on a regular basis. Additional special trains may be run based on the requirement. However, all other regular trains and suburban trains run before lockdown will remain suspended for the time being,” it added. 

 

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The special trains that are allowed to continue with their operations include, 12 pairs running on Rajdhani routes since May 12, and 100 pairs running since June 1. Moreover, as per officials, special suburban services, which were recently started for the convenience of essential service providers, will also continue to run.

However, as far as the Shramik Special trains are concerned, while the last one ran in July, but the Railway board has assured that if required it will resume the services again. 

All the regular trains have been under suspension since Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the first phase of lockdown on March 25, 2020, in order to curb the rising cases of Coronavirus. Earlier the suspension was announced till August 12.  

 

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Meanwhile, once the suspension is over, the Indian Railways has shared a list of demands for private players to fulfil in the trains. Some of which include, electronic sliding doors, double-glazed safety glass on windows, Braille signs, passenger surveillance system, emergency talk back mechanism, information and destination boards, running speed of 16kilometres per hour, noise-free travel, and more. 

Moreover, the Indian Railways has also come up with strict rules for private players, which include heavy fine upon both late as well as early arrival, and a guarantee of at least 95 per cent of annual punctualityin order to avoid financial penalties.   

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