Railways to refund Rs 660 crore amid coronavirus lockdown


Amid extended lockdown to fight against national pandemic Coronavirus, Indian Railways will forgo around Rs 660 crore in revenue as it is refunding the amount towards cancellation of around 39 lakh ticket bookings for travel in between April 15 to May 3.


The Railways had not stopped bookings for journeys beginning April 15.


On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced extending the 21-day nationwide lockdown till May 3. The initial spell of the drastic measure was scheduled to end at midnight of April 14.


“The total amount that will be refunded is around Rs 660 crore. Around 39 lakh bookings were made between April 15 and May 3,” a top official of the national transporter told a news agency.


The Indian Railways has said that all passengers will get a full refund for tickets booked for the period of the extended lockdown.


It added that the amount would be automatically refunded to online customers, while those who booked tickets at the designated reservation counters could claim the refund till July 31.