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COVID-19 lockdown: IRCTC cancels booking of its private trains till April 30

In another indication that the COVID-19 lockdown could continue, state-run IRCTC has suspended bookings of its 3 private Tejas trains till April 30
  • The booking was earlier suspended till the end of the 21-day-long COVID-19 lockdown

  • IRCTC also said that it will offer a full refund to passengers who had booked their tickets for dates between April 15-30

New Delhi: In another indication that the COVID-19 lockdown could continue at least till April 30, state-run IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) has suspended bookings of its three private Tejas trains till April 30. The booking was earlier suspended till the end of the 21-day-long COVID-19 lockdown. “In view of COVID-19 situation, IRCTC Tejas Express Train No. 82501/82502 between LJN-NDLS-LJN, IRCTC Tejas Express Train No. 82901/82902 between ADI-MMCT-ADI and IRCTC Kashi Mahakal Express train running between BSB-INDB-BSB i.e., Train No. 82401/82402 (via LKO) and Train No. 82403/82404 (via PRJY), stands cancelled for journey dates up to 30-April-2020,” IRCTC said in a statement on Tuesday.

COVID-19 lockdown: IRCTC offers refund to passengers who booked tickets

IRCTC also said that it will offer a full refund to passengers who have booked their tickets for dates between April 15 and April 30 automatically. “Full ticket fare will be refunded automatically, without any cancellation charges, to all the users/passengers having booked tickets for journey during the above period. Inconvenience is deeply regretted. There is no need for cancellation of tickets by users,” it said.

The backdrop

The news comes just days after state-run Air India stopped bookings till April 30. “The government has asked us not to take any bookings till the end of this month and we have stopped bookings,” an official was quoted as saying. The 21-day lockdown imposed on India to contain the spread of COVID-19 is set to expire on April 14. India has so far recorded 4,789 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and 124 deaths because of the disease.