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Many ministries and departments have determined to extend the discontinuing of public transport services over the country till April 14, 2020, in the extension of the steps taken for reducing the spread of COVID-19 by the Government of India.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Tuesday declared a complete lockdown in the Country for twenty-one days with effect from April 25, 2020. The PM urged people to maintain social distancing and put themselves in the self-quarantine mode.
Ministry of Railways has determined to continue the postponement of commuter train services on Indian Railways such as every Mail/Express trains, commuter trains, suburban trains and trains of Metro, Kolkata till April 14, 2020.
However, freight train operations will be maintained to assure the supply of necessary commodities to the citizens. Indian Railways is running only freight trains over the country since March 22, 2020. The railway is making all efforts to assure the availability of necessary commodities by their constant freight help.
“Meanwhile the situation of lockdown in many States, Indian Railways Staff deployed at many good sheds, stations and control offices are giving services on a 24×7 basis to assure that the supply of necessary things for the nation does not affect”, declared in the statement. A total of 474 rakes was loaded for necessary commodities such as food grains, salt, edible oil, milk, sugar, fruits & vegetables, onion, Coal and Petroleum goods.
Throughout the day, complete 891 rakes were loaded by Indian Railways that involves other essential commodities such as 121 rakes of Iron ore, 28 rakes of fertilizer, 48 rakes of steel, 25 rakes of cement, 106 rakes of the container, etc.
All the metro rail operators of bus, auto and cab/taxi have continued the suspension of their services over the country till next orders of the gov. Delhi govt has decided to run limited buses to take the people working for basic services.
This article first appeared on www.metrorailnews.in
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