New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid surge in cases due to COVID-19 cases in the country, the Indian Railways on Sunday has announced that it has decided to cancel all passenger trains till March 31, reported news agency ANI.

In a statement, the Indian Railways said, "Trains which had already commenced their journey, prior to 0400 hours of March 22, 2020, will run-up to their destinations. Adequate arrangements shall be made for the passengers, who have commenced their journey during the travel and at their destinations."

Earlier on Friday, the Indian Railways had cancelled as many as 90 trains from March 20 to 31, taking the tally of cancelled trains to 245, reported news agency PTI.

The passengers will not be charged any money and 100 per cent of their money will be refunded by the Indian Railways.  "All passengers having tickets in these trains are being informed about it individually. No cancellation fee will be taken for these trains. Passengers will get 100-per cent refund," a source told PTI. 

On Thursday, The Indian Railways suspended as many as 168 trains due to low occupancy amid coronavirus scare, reported news agency ANI. The list of cancelled tickets includes the routes like Howrah to Jabalpur, Pune to Jabalpur, Rewa to Bhopal, among others. 

Here is the full list of 168 cancelled trains:

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Besides this, Northern Railway, West-central railway suspended 11 trains each on Wednesday, while East-Central Railway cancelled five trains. South Central Railway and North Frontier Railway had also cancelled 20 trains each. 

On Tuesday, Indian Railways cancelled 23 trains in central India and hiked the price of platform tickets by up to 5 times in across six divisions, including Mumbai, Pune, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, among others to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus. 

Besides this, Indian Railways has said that blankets and curtains will no longer be used in AC coaches of trains in the Western, Central and South-Eastern zones to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. Passengers have been asked to co-operate with Indian Railways and bring their own blankets. 

The coronavirus outbreak, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan last year, has so far claimed the lives of over 11,000 around the world, with more than 1,66,000 infected cases.

A total of 341 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported so far in the country, said ICMR.  

(with agency inputs)

Posted By: James Kuanal