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Lockdown effect: Railways cancels all passenger trains till May 17


GUWAHATI, May 2: Following the extension of the lockdown and as part of the measures taken to prevent spread of COVID-19, Indian Railways has decided to extend the cancellation of all passenger train services till May 17.

“All trains, including long-distance, intercity, local passenger and narrow gauge trains will remain cancelled till May 17. So, all passenger carrying trains coming towards the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) and originating from NFR will also remain cancelled. No journey tickets are being issued to passengers for travel, and so no one should come to the railway stations,” said Subhanan Chanda, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of NFR.

“However, the movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students, and other persons stranded at different places will be carried out by the Shramik special trains, as required by the State Governments, in terms of the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA),” he said.

“These special trains will run from point to point on the request of both the State Governments concerned as per the standard protocols for sending and receiving such stranded persons. Any stranded person who wants to travel should contact the respective State Government only,” he added.

In addition, freight and parcel train operations will continue to operate, Chanda said.

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