The impossible feat which the World Wars and Terror attacks were unable to achieve, the 4 months old Corona virus did it. Indian Railways after 167 years, finally takes a break from their passenger services for such a long period.
Due to the Coronovirus outbreak in India, the journey that the first passenger train of the Great Indian Peninsula Railways started off on April 16, 1853 from Bori Bunder station in Bombay for Tanna finally stopped. All the trains, metros excluding the parcel vans were prohibited in India.
“Never ever in its history, there has been such a long interruption of services. Not during the World Wars, not during the 1974 Railway Strike or any other national calamity or natural disaster. Even in Mumbai, services have never been halted for such a long period during the terror strike, bomb blasts or the monsoon. This is a complete shutdown of passenger services and is unprecedented in history,” an Indian Railways spokesperson told Mid-day.
ANI reported that, Indian Railways has only made parcel vans available for quick transportation of essential items in small parcel sizes to supplement the supply chain during the lockdown. Presently these trains are being operated on 65 routes.Till 14th April, 507 trains have run in India says Railways Ministry.
In another report, Ministry of Railways says over 20,400 tonnes of consignments have been loaded since the start of these parcel trains in lockdown period and the earnings to the Railways from it are about Rs 7.54 crores.