BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended the nationwide lockdown till May 3, the Indian Railways not only also extended the suspension of all its passenger train services during the period but also suspended all ticket bookings.
The Ministry of Railways said all passenger train services including premium trains, Mail/Express trains, passenger trains, suburban trains, Kolkata Metro Rail, Konkan Railway etc shall continue to remain suspended till the midnight of May 3.
All passenger train services on Indian Railways including Premium trains, Mail/Express trains, Passenger trains, Suburban Trains, Kolkata Metro Rail, Konkan Railway etc shall continue to remain cancel till the 2400hrs of 3rd May 2020. #IndiaFightsCorona
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) April 14, 2020
All ticket bookings will remain suspended till further orders, the Railways said adding that no advance reservation of trains tickets, including e-tickets, can be made till further orders. The online train ticket cancellation facility remains functional.
Train passengers will get full refund for all reservation made for trains cancelled till May 3.
“For trains cancelled by Indian Railways, full refund will be provided automatically by IRCTC. Users need not cancel their e-tickets. Full fare will be credited back into users accounts from which payment was made,” IRCTC said in an official statement.
Pointing out towards the rules of cancellation of all passenger train tickets the ministry said, all counters for booking of rail journey tickets for reserved or unreserved travel at railway stations and outside railway station premises shall remain closed upto May 3.
The Railway Board has also issued instructions to the zones that full refunds for fares of cancelled trains should be initiated by them. “No advance reservations shall be made till further notice,” it said.