All passengers will, however, get a full refund for tickets booked on the now cancelled trains as well as for those booked in advance.
Railways has also said full refunds would be automatically provided by the national
transporter for its online customers, while those who have booked at the counters can take the refunds up to July 31. Despite the uncertainty, 45 per cent of these tickets were booked in the past seven days.
Meanwhile, as part of its preparedness, the Indian Railways
has also asked zones to ensure the security of coaches parked in depots. Officials say once the services resume full throttle, they expect overcrowding at stations and measures have to be chalked out on how to deal with them.
The focus now for railways, the officials said, is to ensure that the rakes of passenger trains which were suspended due to the lockdown had returned to their respective bases, received proper maintenance like charging of batteries, cleaning of bio-toilets, and were ready to return on the tracks once the resumption of services is announced.