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Extended cancellation of passenger train services

In continuation of the measures taken in the wake of COVID-19, Railways has decided that the cancellation of all passenger train services shall be extended till 17th May, 2020. However, movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other stranded citizens shall be carried out by Shramik Special trains, as required by the State Governments, in terms of the guidelines issued by MHA. Freight and Parcel trains will continue operations as before.


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Enhancing safety and operational efficiency - Railways successfully executes long pending major maintenance works during the lockdown


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Railways has successfully executed long pending maintenance works like yard remodelling, renewal of scissors crossover, repairs of bridges and tracks during this lockdown period, thereby completing these pending maintenance works without affecting the train service. Around 500 modern heavy duty track maintenance machines along with track, signal & Overhead Equipment (OHE) maintainers worked round the clock for 10749 machine days to complete overdue track maintenance of 12270 km plain track & 5263 nos. of turnouts. Further, Ultrasonic Flaw Detection (USFD) of 30182 kms of track and 1,34,443 rail welds has been carried out with USFD machines.

Railways starts Shramik Special Trains to move migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places due to the lockdown

In accordance with the guideline issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Railways has started "Shramik Special" trains from "Labour Day" i.e 1st May 2020. These special trains will be run from point to point on the request of both the concerned State Governments only as per the standard protocols. The Railways and State Governments will appoint senior officials as Nodal Officers for coordination and smooth operation of these "Shramik Specials". The passengers will be screened by the sending states and only asymptomatic people would be allowed to travel. It will be mandatory for every passenger to wear face cover.


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Private foodgrains (PFG) freight marks a big increase in lockdown period as compared to last year


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To ensure that kitchens of all Indian homes continue to function normally, during the lockdown period from 25th March to 28th April 2020, Railways loaded more than 7.75 lakh tonnes (303 rakes) of PFG freight across the country - compared to about 6.62 lakh tonnes (243 rakes) last year in the same period. Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamilnadu are the leading states in terms of PFG freight loading. Railways has been running Parcel Special Trains since the start of the lockdown for perishable commodities including fruits, vegetables, milk & dairy products and seeds for agriculture purpose on identified routes. Railways is making all efforts to ensure uninterrupted supply chain for farm products like foodgrains.

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