The nation has been on a complete lockdown since the end of March and people have been in despair ever since. And while there happens to be no significant fall in the number of cases per day, what is continuously taking a toll is the nation’s economy.
To get things up and running, the government of India finally decided to begin rail services across the country. The railways will run 15 pairs of trains which means there will be a total of 30 return journey. This would begin Tuesday onwards and would be the first ever nationwide undertaking since the lockdown was initiated – 50 days ago.
As for passengers who would be wondering what they need to get through police checking on the way to the station, the passengers would need no pass in particular but just the train ticket should suffice. The passengers are advised to carry their own food and drinking water.
Dry, ready-to-eat meals and bottled water will be provided to passengers on demand inside the train, for which they would have to pay.
When it comes to cancellations, any cancellation regarding the train ticket needs to be done 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure. There will be no cancellation permitted less than 24 hours before the departure of the train. Passengers would also have to take note that any and every cancellation would incur a 50% deduction of the total fare.
With this move, the railways in collaboration with the government, aims to bring families together who have been stuck in various parts of India for the duration of the lockdown.