Due to poor demand, Railways have decided to cancel at least 14 summer special trains until any further notice. The sudden fall in the number of passengers travelling by these trains amid an alarming increase in the Covid-19 cases is the reason behind the decision.
Meanwhile, India continues to reel under the 2nd wave of Covid-19 with over 3 lakh cases being reported for the past few days. Indian Railways had been extremely busy opening new train routes and reopening old routes to ease the burden of railway travelers who have been left stranded without the service of public transport after the announcement of nationwide lockdown. But the constant surge in the covid-19 cases has left everyone surprised and the railway had no other option than to stop the services of these trains for the time being.
As a safety measure the IRCTC has been thermally screening all the passengers and observing other safety measures to ensure social distancing during train journeys to avoid the spread of Coronavirus. The occupancy remained low despite all the safety protocols followed in these trains. These 14 trains are in a long line of other special trains which the railway has been forced to cancel due to low passenger demand caused by Covid-19.
All regular passenger train services of Indian Railways were suspended when a nationwide lockdown was declared last year in March but since May 2020 special train services were started by the national transporter in a phased manner.
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