New Delhi, Mar 19 : In view of the coronavirus outbreak, Indian Railways on Thursday announced additional measures for the prevention of the deadly virus, which has tested positive for 166 persons across the country. To discourage unnecessary travel and to prevent the vulnerable category of senior citizens from undertaking unnecessary travels, concessional booking of all tickets except patients, students and divyangjan category for unreserved and reserved segment are being suspended from midnight of March 20 till further advisory, the Railways said.
The Railways said it is applicable for railway tickets already purchased before March 20, and in case of cancellation, no cancellation charges will be levied. "In case of travel, difference in fare (full fare minus concessional fare) shall be collected online or in the train from the senior citizens", it added. As a precautionary measure and to discourage nonessential travel and overcrowding of trains, the Railways, so far have cancelled total 155 pairs of low occupancy trains to March 31.
"Trains are cancelled keeping in view the availability of alternate trains for passengers and ensuring that no passenger shall remain stranded. Full refund is being given to all the passengers whose train has been cancelled", it said. Indian Railways has also facilitated return of students stranded in northern part of country due to sudden closure of educational institutions to their homes in southern, northern-eastern and eastern regions of India. "At any point of journey if passenger feels that he is having fever, he can contact the Railway staff for medical attention and further assistance," it added.
The Railways had already instructed to DRMs to review the situation at railway stations and raise the price of platform ticket to Rs 50 wherever necessary, to avoid unnecessary crowding at Railway stations. (UNI)