Spike in COVID cases: Some states request railways to cancel trains

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New Delhi: Some states have requested railways to cancel passenger trains as coronavirus infection cases are rising across the country.

Railway board chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav said in an online interaction that states such as Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Odisha and West Bengal have requested train cancellation and reduction in frequencies.

It was announced that two trains plying to Jharkhand will be stopped from July 13 due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the state.

At the request of the Jharkhand government, the railway board agreed not to send the two trains originating from Bihar to Jharkhand. The two trains are the Patna-Ranchi-Patna Jan Shatabdi Express and the Tata Danapur Express. The Patna-Ranchi Jan Shatabdi will ply from Patna to Gaya only.

Yadav said that the national transporter is monitoring the situation closely and will soon run some more special trains. However, occupancy in the trains, demand from the state and spread of coronavirus will be key determinants for running more trains in the future.

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