The Indian Railways, in a bold step, cancelled almost 200 trains in order to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
A leading news agency of India mentioned that as a result of these cancellations, Indian Railways may incur losses of more than Rs. 450 crore in March. However, with the month still not ended, the loses are expected to rise further.
In March, the number of tickets cancelled was at a record high as people scared of the over the pandemic COVID-19 infection decided not to travel until absolutely necessary.
Just between 1st and 12th March, the Northern Railway zone alone saw more than 12 lakh tickets getting cancelled and has refunded tickets worth Rs. 85 crore.
The Indian Railways is allowing the refunds on cancellation by withdrawing concessional booking of tickets from the senior citizens for both reserved and unreserved segments from Friday. The end of this will be informed by another notice.
The step comes to discourage the senior citizens from travelling as they are more susceptible to this disease.
In the Parliament, it was informed that the Indian Railways has seen 63% cancellation during the Coronavirus outbreak and it is expected to rise as the time goes by.
As of now, India has already crossed 200 cases and the COVID-19 has already claimed 4 lives, the virus is spreading at a faster rate today that what it did last week.
Globally, COVID-19 has infected over 2,50,000 people and have claimed the lives of over 10,000 people with Italy having more fatalities because of Coronavirus than China at 3,405, and 3,248 respectively.