New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With the first phase of uplifting of lockdown coming to an end, the Centre is expected to issue guidelines for Unlock 2.0 around on or before June 30.

The second phase had in plan reopening of schools, colleges and other educational institutions, but it was left on the states to decide after consultation with parents at institution level and other stakeholders.

Amid the continuous spike in coronavirus cases and deaths, the reopening of schools and colleges seems quite unlikely. The CBSE and ICSE have already cancellation of pending Class 10 and Class 12 exams in view of the virus crisis. 

Resumption of international air travel and metro train services and reopening of cinema halls, gyms, swimming polls and allowing mass gatherings are part of the third phase of lockdown exit plan.

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However, India Today and DNA, in their reports, have quoted sources saying that the government may allow air travel on select international routes from July.

According to India Today, international flights on the New Delhi-New York, Mumbai-New York routes are likely to be allowed to resume in Unlock 2.0.

Besides this, private carriers could also be allowed to start operations to the Gulf countries.

Meanwhile, more domestic flights are expected to run from July. Air India has already announced more domestic flights in the following routes: Delhi-Ranchi, Mumai-Hyderabad, Hyderabad-Vishakhapatnam, Delhi-Coimbatore, Mumbai-Bhopal, Mumbai-Kolkata, Delhi-Indore, Bangalire-Chandigarh, Delhi-Tirupati, Mumbai-Rajkot, Mumbai-Cochin and Mumbai-Tirupati-Vishakhapatnam.   

Domestic flight services resumed on May 25 in a calibrated manner after remaining grounded for over two months.

India grounded domestic air transport starting March 24, a day before the lockdown came into effect, to curb the spread of the coronavirus. International flights, which were stopped on March 22, remain shut.

The Indian Railways has suspended regular passenger train services till August 12.

"It has been decided that regular time-tabled passenger services including Mail/Express, passenger and suburban services stand cancelled up to 12.08.2020," the Railway Board said in a statement.

The Railways also said that the tickets booked for these trains for the journey date from July 1 to August 12 also stand cancelled. "All tickets booked for the regular time-tabled trains for journey date from 01.07.20 to 12.08.20 also stand cancelled. Full refund will be generated," the Railway Board order stated.

The special trains and Shramik specials, however, will continue operations.

After Indian Railways resumed passenger train services in the country in a "phased" manner with 15 pairs of trains from 12 May, 2020, the national transporter is now running another 200 special trains since June 1.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta