Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp. Ltd (IRCTC) has confirmed that it will be canceling all three Tejas trains until April 30 because of the spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Tejas runs across three routes
IRCTC runs three premium, private passenger trains across three routes– Lucknow-New Delhi-Lucknow, Ahmedabad-Mumbai-Ahmedabad, and Kashi Mahakal express connecting Varanasi and Indore. The Tejas trains were the first of its kind run by IRCTC. Last month, all passenger trains were suspended till April 14 as part of the 21-day lockdown in India.
The official statement said: “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.”
In a bid to tackle the coronavirus, the government is also planning to convert train coaches into isolation wards. As many as 2,500 old coaches have been transformed into emergency care units. A report by Indian Express highlights how each coach can house 10 patients in separate bays of the non-AC coaches that have undergone a number of modifications.
These coaches, the ministry said, are equipped as per medical advisories issued.