New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Indian Railways on Tuesday announced suspension of train services across India till April 14 in view of the nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night. The suspensions also included all suburban train services. 

While passenger trains have been suspended, the Railways said that its frieght operations to carry essential goods would continue.

Railways said that passengers could claim a full refund for all trains cancelled in this period till June 21. 

The Railways had earlier suspended train services till March 31 in view of the alarming spike in the number of cases of COVID-19 across the country.  

It also said that people who couldn't avail train journeys could wait it out at station waiting room with their timings being extended.

The Railway Board on Tuesday also issued instructions to all its production units to examine the feasibility of manufacturing items like simple hospital beds(without mattress), medical trolleys for hospitals and quarantine facilities, and IV stands to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The Railways has also ordered closure of all rail museums, heritage galleries and heritage parks up to April 15 as a preventive measure to control the spread of the disease.

Coronavirus cases in the country crossed 600 on Wednesday as authorities beefed up preparedness to fight the pandemic with a chain of hospitals of the army ordnance factories and central paramilitary forces earmarking over 2,000 beds for isolation and treatment of people affected by the disease.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta