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In Pictures: India's vast railway system closes to passengers

Updated : 2020-03-26 14:46:18

India's colossal passenger railway system has come to a halt as officials take emergency measures to keep the coronavirus pandemic from spreading in the country of 1.3 billion. The railway system is often described as India's lifeline, transporting 23 million people across the vast subcontinent each day, some 8.4 billion passengers each year.

A passenger walks past railway tracks at the deserted New Delhi Railway station during the lockdown amid concerns over the spread of Coronavirus. India's colossal passenger railway system has come to a halt as officials take emergency measures to keep the coronavirus pandemic from spreading in the country of 1.3 billion. The railway system is often described as India's lifeline, transporting 23 million people across the vast subcontinent each day, some 8.4 billion passengers each year. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
A passenger walks past railway tracks at the deserted New Delhi Railway station during the lockdown amid concerns over the spread of Coronavirus. India's colossal passenger railway system has come to a halt as officials take emergency measures to keep the coronavirus pandemic from spreading in the country of 1.3 billion. The railway system is often described as India's lifeline, transporting 23 million people across the vast subcontinent each day, some 8.4 billion passengers each year. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Trains stand parked at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai after the country halted its railway network. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Trains stand parked at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai after the country halted its railway network. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Railway workers wearing masks push a handcart at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in Mumbai. India's colossal passenger railway system has come to a halt as officials take emergency measures to keep the coronavirus pandemic from spreading in the country of 1.3 billion. The lifeline was cut Sunday, leaving hundreds of people stranded at railway stations, hoping to be carried onward by buses or taxis that appeared unlikely to arrive. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)
Railway workers wearing masks push a handcart at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in Mumbai. India's colossal passenger railway system has come to a halt as officials take emergency measures to keep the coronavirus pandemic from spreading in the country of 1.3 billion. The lifeline was cut Sunday, leaving hundreds of people stranded at railway stations, hoping to be carried onward by buses or taxis that appeared unlikely to arrive. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)
A homeless woman sleeps on a deserted platform of Lokmanya Tilak train terminus in Mumbai. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)
A homeless woman sleeps on a deserted platform of Lokmanya Tilak train terminus in Mumbai. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)
The railway system is often described as India's lifeline, transporting 23 million people across the vast subcontinent each day, some 8.4 billion passengers each year. (AP Photo/Channi Anand, File)
The railway system is often described as India's lifeline, transporting 23 million people across the vast subcontinent each day, some 8.4 billion passengers each year. (AP Photo/Channi Anand, File)
In this file photo, an Indian railways employee sits at a coronavirus help desk at the deserted New Delhi Railway station.  (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this file photo, an Indian railways employee sits at a coronavirus help desk at the deserted New Delhi Railway station.  (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Railway officials walk through a deserted railway station in Prayagraj. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh, file)
Railway officials walk through a deserted railway station in Prayagraj. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh, file)
This combination photo made of two images shows a crowd on a normal day at Church Gate railway station and the same station seen deserted on Sunday in Mumbai. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
This combination photo made of two images shows a crowd on a normal day at Church Gate railway station and the same station seen deserted on Sunday in Mumbai. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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