In continuation of the measures taken in the wake of COVID-19, Ministry of Railways has decided to extend the cancellation of passenger, mail, express (including premium) train services till 14 th April.
However, freight train operations are being continued to ensure the supply essential commodities. Earlier, the Indian Railways has cancelled all the trains, except goods trains to maintain supply of essential services, till March 31.
Around 13,523 trains will be affected with the decision as around 3, 947 passenger trains and 3,695 mail express services are being operated by the Indian Railways daily.
The Ministry has also decided to use the manufacturing facilities of its production units for the treatment of affected people. Railway Board has issued necessary instructions to the general managers of these production units to explore the feasibility of manufacture of items like simple hospital beds, medical trolleys for hospitals and quarantine facilities like stretchers, hospital footsteps, hospital bedside lockers, washbasins with stands, ventilators, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kit like masks, sanitisers, water tanks etc, the spokesman for the Railways said.