The Railway Minister released a circular on March 25, stating that all the local, passenger trains will remain banned on the Western and Central Railways till April 14, 2020. This circular comes after the Indian Prime Minister declared complete lockdown in India for 21 days, i.e., till April 14, 2020, to overcome the spread of Coronavirus.
Stating to this, an official from the Western Railways stated that all services were previously terminated up to March 31, and the shutdown has now been stretched till April 14. During this period, freight and goods operations will continue operational.
As India is developing and continues to combat the threat of COVID-19, Indian Railways opted to not run any passenger trains till the end of March, the deadline expanding further for now. Spread across the Central Railways and its Harbour line, and Western Railways, the local trains are the lifeline of Mumbai people, and ferry boat more than 8.50 million commuters across Mumbai, Palghar, Pune, and Raigad districts.
The deadly COVID-19 has taken 13 lives so far in India, with the total number of people infected rising to 670 as per the Health Ministry. With more than 70 Coronavirus cases registered in the state, Maharashtra is the most terrible affected in the country. As per the newest reports, total cases have nearly increased over the past 10 days.
State and central ministries in India are still struggling to assure citizens that essential items, such as groceries, milk, vegetables, medicines will continue available through the lockdown period, yet there is fear in the air.
Today, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharman also declared a spate of actions while revealing the government’s relief package to lessen the economic impact of the Coronavirus outbreak.