PUNE: The Indian Railways has cancelled train services like premium trains, mail/ express trains, passenger trains, and suburban trains till midnight of March 31. However, movement of goods trains remains unaffected.
As per Central Railway Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) Shivaji Sutar, “As such, suburban trains on Central Railway will be cancelled from midnight of March 23 to midnight of March 31. Long-distance trains which had already commenced their journey, prior to 4 am of March 22 will run up to their destinations.”
“To ensure the essential supplies in various parts of the country, the movement of goods trains will continue. To make it more convenient for passengers, a full refund for all cancelled trains will be taken till June 21.”
On Sunday, Railway Board Joint Director (Punctuality) AP Singh issued a circular to all zones that said, “All originating long-distance mail/ express and intercity trains including premium trains and all originating passenger trains shall remain cancelled till March 31. As advised earlier, suburban trains and trains of Metro Railway, Kolkata shall be cancelled from midnight of March 22 to 31.”
The Pune railway division has cancelled the 42 local trains running from Pune to Lonavla. All local trains and mail/ express train including Pune-Jammu Tawi Jhelum Express, Pune-Danapur Superfast, Pune-Howrah Duronto, Pune-Ahmedabad Duronto, Pune-Howrah Azad Hind Express shall be cancelled.
The Pune airport scheduled only 80 flights on Sunday that included arrivals and departures with just around 2,500 passengers using air services. Pune Airport Director Kuldeep Singh said, “All domestic flights shall operate as per schedule from Pune airport.”