Indian railways has cancelled tickets of all regular trains for travel before June 30. In an announcement, Indian railways revealed that all regular trains have been cancelled and full refund will be issued to all passengers who had booked tickets in these trains.
However, these measures exclude Shramik Special trains and special trains that started running from May 12. These two trains are scheduled for specific duties. Shramik Special trains are taking migrant labourers from different states back to their home states while the special trains are running on 15 routes to ferry stranded Indians across the country.
These 15 “special” (30 journeys), the first of which departed on Tuesday, will leave from Delhi and connect cities in Assam, Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jammu, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Tripura.
On May 12, Indian railways resumed 15 special trains in the ongoing lockdown in order to eventually resume the train services in the country which are a backbone of transportation services in the nation.
The tickets of regular trains, that are now being cancelled, were booked in the lockdown period when the railways was permitting bookings for journeys in June.
From March 25, regular mail, express, passenger and suburban services of the railways had been cancelled as measure to contain the deadly coronavirus. Goods trains and rail operations for essential services were carried out by the railways.
All e-tickets will be refunded automatically. The tickets that were bought at the counter for journeys post March 21 can be cancelled and refunds taken upon submission of the ticket up to six months from date of journey instead of the present three days excluding day of journey.
The order released by the railways stated, “Passenger can file TDR (Ticket Deposit Receipt) within six months from date of journey instead of 3 days at the station and submit the detailed TDR within next sixty (60) days (instead of 10 days) to Chief Claims Officer/CCM Refund office for getting the refund amount, subject to verification.”
Thanks to the special trains, lakhs of migrant workers are finally reaching their native states.