AGENCIES, New Delhi: The Indian Railways on Thursday cancelled as many as 168 trains due to low occupancy amid coronavirus scare, reported news agency ANI. The list of cancelled tickets includes the routes such as Pune to Jabalpur, Howrah to Jabalpur, Rewa to Bhopal, among others.
No cancellation fees will be charged and 100 per cent money will be refunded by the Indian Railways.
The announcement comes a day after the Northern Railway cancelled 11 trains. “Eleven trains have been cancelled due to low occupancy and operational reasons,” Northern Railways authorities said on Wednesday as quoted by IANS. They added that the decision was taken to regulate unnecessary crowding at stations as a temporary measure.
Besides Northern Railway, West Central railway and East Central Railway, too, had cancelled 11 and five trains respectively. South Central Railway and North Frontier Railway had also cancelled 20 trains each.
On Tuesday, Indian Railways had also cancelled 23 trains in central India and hiked the price of platform tickets by up to five times across six days, including Mumbai, Pune, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, among others to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The price of the platform tickets have also been increased in West Bengal.