Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government has announced that it has decided to suspend seven special trains from Monday that were being operated by the Southern Railway in wake of the rising coronavirus cases in the state.
In a statement, the Southern Railway said that the seven trains are being cancelled from June 29 to July 15.
“At the request of the Government of Tamil Nadu, special trains running under Southern Railway will be canceled from 29-6-2020 to 15-7-2020. Those who booked the train will get a full refund,” the Southern Railway said in a tweet.
“Doctor. MGR. Raajdhaani special train (between Chennai Central and New Delhi) http://T.no:02243/02244) Will run according to the schedule,” it added.
The Railways, however, also clarified that the passengers will get full refund for the cancelled trains. It said that passengers who signed up online will be automatically refunded while adding that counter tickets will be refunded at “PRS Counters anytime from six months to the date of refund”.
It has also clarified that the special superfast train from New Delhi to Dr MGR Chennai Central Station will continue to operate.
Here’s the complete list of seven special trains that have been cancelled by the Southern Railway as per the request by the Tamil Nadu government:
According to a press release by the Southern Railway, the seven special trains that have been cancelled in Tamil Nadu are Tiruchi-Chengalpet-Tiruchi, Madurai-Villupuram-Madurai, Coimbatore-Katpadi-Coimbatore, Tiruchi-Chengalpet-Tiruchi, Arakkonam-Coimbatore-Arakkonam, Coimbatore-Mayiladuthurai-Coimbatore and Tiruchi-Nagercoil-Tiruchi.
Tamil Nadu is the third worst affected state in India by the deadly coronavirus. The novel pathogen has affected over 82,000 and claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people in Tamil Nadu so far, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
According to the Union Health Ministry data, there are over 35,000 active coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu while over 45,000 have been cured and discharged from hospitals.
Looking at the worsening situation in the state, the Tamil Nadu government has imposed a ‘maximised restricted lockdown’ in four districts of the state, including Chennai, till June 30.