The Railways has cancelled all tickets for regular passenger trains, including mail/express and suburban services, for journeys booked up to June 30. A full refund will be given to all passengers whose tickets stand cancelled, the Railways said in a statement released Thursday morning.
The statement also clarified that 'shramik' (worker) trains being run to transport stranded migrants back to their home states - and 'special' passenger trains - that this week started running between Delhi and 15 major stations - will continue.
Last month, according to a news agency the Railways refunded around Rs 1,490 crore after 94 lakh tickets, booked before the lockdown was imposed, were cancelled. A further Rs 830 crore was refunded for travel planned between March 22 and April 14, the first phase of the lockdown.
All non-essential trains, including passenger services, had been suspended since March 22, three days before the start of the lockdown.
However, on Sunday the Railways announced plans to restart passenger trains in a phased manner, five days before the end of the third phase of lockdown, as the government looks to re-start normal life and boost the economy.
These 'special' trains (15 trains, 30 journeys), the first of which departed on Tuesday, will leave from Delhi and connect cities in Assam, Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jammu, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Tripura.