GUWAHATI, March 25 - Indian Railways today extended the suspension of passenger train services across the country till April 14.
This came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown for 21 days with a view to prevent the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
�In continuation of the measures taken in the wake of Covid-19, the Ministry of Railways has decided to extend the cancellation of passenger train services on Indian Railways, i.e. all Mail and Express trains, including premium trains, passenger trains, suburban trains and trains of Kolkata Metro Railway shall be extended till midnight of April 14,� stated an official statement.
It is noteworthy that Indian Railway had earlier this week announced suspension of passenger train services till March 31 on account of the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, freight train operations are being continued to ensure the supply of essential commodities.
Nripen Bhattacharya, PRO of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), said that freight trains are bringing various commodities to the State which are being unloaded round-the-clock at Changsari.