The Pune division of the railway has returned nearly Rs 13 crore to 1.95 lakh passengers for tickets booked to travel to various destinations from Pune before the rail service was shut down on 22 March amid the coronavirus (Kovid-19) lockdown.
Railway Senior Public Relations Officer Manoj Jawar said in a press note issued on Thursday that the Railways refunded money from May 25 to various reservation counters in Pune, Baramati, Kolhapur, Miraj and other parts of western Maharashtra for tickets booked before the lockdown. I started the process of commuting and till now has paid Rs 12.83 crore to the passengers. He said that the process of refunding the money of the passengers is still going on.
In fact, recently the Indian Railways had said to refund the full booking amount of all tickets booked by April 14 for all regular trains. Railways had indicated that regular passenger train services would not be resumed until before August. Currently, Rail is running only 230 Mail and Express trains as “special trains”. However, the Railway Ministry has repeatedly said that there is a possibility of more trains operating to meet any demand. Sources said that these could well be branded as “special”.
The Railway Ministry issued a circular to all zones on Monday informing them of the decision to cancel all tickets booked on or before April 14 and generate a full refund of tickets. Railways had allowed advance booking of tickets for 120 days. As per the current rules, passengers are not required to cancel tickets if the railway cancels the trains and the automatic return process will begin.
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