New Delhi: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp. Ltd (IRCTC) on Tuesday said it has cancelled all three Tejas trains till 30 April owing to a rapid increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
According to official data, there are 4,789 Covid-19 cases in the country, with over 100 deaths.
State-owned IRCTC runs three premium, private passenger trains across three routes– Lucknow-New Delhi-Lucknow, Ahmedabad-Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Kashi Mahakal express connecting Varanasi and Indore. These premium trains are called the Tejas trains and in a first run by IRCTC, an entity that has primarily been into the business of railway catering.
“Full ticket fare will be refunded automatically, without any cancellation charges, to all the users/passengers having booked tickets for journey during the above period,” official statement said.
Last month, Indian railways suspended movement of all passenger trains till April 14, in line with the 21-day nationwide lockdown that was imposed, beginning March 25.
A senior government official said that Tejas trains have been suspended till month-end as a lot of train staff is outsourced, who may not come back soon as there is uncertainty on how and when the lockdown will be lifted.