The trains were cancelled from May 2 to May 31 and a few trains were cancelled up to June 2, the railway authorities said.
The South Central Railway (SCR) has temporarily cancelled 25 trains destined to various places due to poor occupancy. Railways have temporarily cancelled ten services a few days ago.
Trains originating from Guntur, Tirupati, Visakhapatnam, Renigunta, Secunderabad, Repalle and other stations have been cancelled, said the railway officials in a release issued on Saturday. The trains were cancelled from May 2 to May 31 and a few trains were cancelled up to June 2, the railway authorities said.
On the other hand, the railways planned to run 674 additional services in May to destinations having high demand like Gorakhpur, Patna, Muzaffarpur, Varanasi, Guwahati, Allahabad, Bokaro. While the railways maintained that it has not experienced any extra rush of passengers due to the heightening coronavirus pandemic in the country, ground reports suggest that there has been a surge in the number of migrant workers leaving cities for their home states.
Currently, the national transporter is running 1,514 specials trains on an average per day and 5,387 suburban services per day. It has also pushed into service 28 special trains as clones of highly patronized trains and running 984 passenger services.
“Despite COVID, trains will continue to run. Wherever there is demand, we are increasing services. We can rationalise service where demand is less. Over 70 per cent of the trains are currently in operation,” Railway Board Chairman Suneet Sharma said.
Of the 674 trips by 330 additional trains, Central Railway is running 143 trains (377 trips), Western Railway, 154 trains (212 trips), Northern Railway, 27 trains (27 trips), East Central Railway, two trains (four trips), North Eastern Railway, nine trains (14 trips), North Central Railway, one train (10 trips) and South Western Railway, three trains (30 trips). Out of the 330 additional trains, 101 are from the Mumbai area and 21 are from the Delhi area.
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