New Delhi: State-run Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has announced that it has temporarily suspended the operations of Lucknow-New Delhi Tejas Express, starting April 9 until April 30. The decision is part of precautionary measures taken by the Railway PSU, which operates the train, amid a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country over the last few weeks. The news comes barely days after IRCTC announced a temporary suspension of the operations of Mumbai-Ahmedabad Tejas Express for a month, starting April 2.
"It is to be informed that due to recent increase in corona cases, IRCTC Lucknow- New Delhi Tejas Express (Train No. 82501-O2l) is being temporarily suspended from 9th April to 30th April 2021," IRCTC said in a regulatory filing to the stock exchanges on Wednesday. "The situation is being monitored continuously and action to re-operate the train will be taken accordingly," it added.
IRCTC is a fully owned subsidiary of Indian Railways that provides ticketing, catering, and tourism services to the Indian Railways. It was initially wholly owned by the government and operated under the administrative control of the Ministry of Railways but has been listed on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) since 2019, with the government continuing to hold majority ownership. The PSU operates the Mumbai-Ahmedabad and the New Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express.
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