Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 3 to continue the battle against the fatal coronavirus. Following this bulletin, all flights and passenger trains have been suspended for the next 19 days.
The 21 day lockdown that was aimed to get over on Tuesday midnight i.e. on April 14, has been announced as the world’s biggest lockdown. Specific parts of the country could undergo a survey on April 20 to lift up certain limitations.
Indian Railways have suspended all passenger train services till the termination of the lockdown. This includes premium trains, passenger trains, mail/express trains, suburban trains, Kolkata Metro Rail and Konkan railway. The Civil Aviation Ministry have also withheld all international and domestic flights till May 3.
The Railways confirmed the running of goods and services trains to satisfy the demands of fundamental commodities in the country. They have also affirmed that all booking counters for both reserved and unreserved journeys at the railway stations and also outside it’s buildings will cease operations until any further notice.
Hardeep Singh Puri, Civil Aviation Minister tweeted about the suspension of all scheduled flights till the lockdown ends. The aviation department is going through a downfall amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost all airlines have curtailed their employees’ salaries for the next few months.
However, no such limitation has been imposed on the cargo flights. Medical requirements are being met up across the country by airlines like Spicejet, AirIndia and IndiGo.