The Indian Railways, on Thursday, announced the cancellation of regular time-tabled passenger trains, including mail express, passenger and suburban services. The operation which was suspended till June 30 will now remain cancelled till August 12. Full fare will be refunded by the Railways to those who have booked tickets from July 1 to August 12. The decision has been taken in the wake of a surge in coronavirus cases in the country as the government eased certain restrictions that were imposed since March.

However, 230 special trains (200 mail express trains and 30 Rajdhani trains) that were announced on May 12 and June 1 respectively will continue to operate, the Indian Railways said.

According to the officials, limited special suburban services that recently began in Mumbai to ferry essential services personnel identified by the local authorities will also continue to operate.

The operation of passenger train services has been suspended since March 22. Few passenger trains resumed their services from May 16.

Besides some essential cargo, rail services were abruptly halted in late March to contain the spread of coronavirus. The lockdown froze all economic activities putting several out of work.

Earlier this month, the Indian Railways increased the number of special passenger trains from 30 to over 200, including 15 pairs of trains running on Rajdhani routes.

On a related note, Railways operated around 12,000 trains every day before the nation-wide lockdown.