Indian Railways has announced that it would be cancelling 16 special trains due to low occupancy from May 7. These trains mostly operate on routes in eastern Indian.
Indian Railways on Thursday cancelled at least 28 trains, including Shatabdi Express, Rajdhani Express and Duranto, from Sunday (May 9) due to low occupancy amid a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country.
The reasons for low occupancy have been cited as rising COVID-19 cases and lockdowns, restrictions that have been imposed across the country.
The trains would remain discontinued from May 9 until further notice, the Railways said.
Poor patronisation of once-popular trains also indicates that a lesser number of people are travelling amidst the surge in coronavirus cases, officials said.
Coronavirus cases and deaths in India hit a record daily high with 4,12,262 new infections and 3,980 fatalities being reported, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,10,77,410 and the death toll to 2,30,168, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.
Registering a steady increase, the active cases have increased to 35,66,398 comprising 16.92 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 81.99 percent, the data showed.