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Coronavirus in India: list of trains running during lockdown

the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has been asked to lift lockdown measures and the country's railway lines will start to run again starting Tuesday.

Coronavirus in India: list of trains running during lockdown
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India announced a limited re-opening of its giant rail network beginning on Tuesday after a nearly seven-week lockdown, despite also reporting its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus cases.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has faced increasing calls to end his government's stringent lockdown of the nation's 1.3 billion population, with political parties, businesses and citizens saying the containment measures have destroyed the livelihoods of millions that rely on daily wages for sustenance.

The shutdown, which has been repeatedly extended to stave off a surge in infections, is in force until May 17. Ahead of that, though, the railway ministry said it would gradually restart passenger services with 15 trains from Tuesday, connecting Delhi to Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and other big cities.

The train's re-opening include: New Delhi station connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.

New routes set to open as India starts to re-open

"Thereafter, Indian Railways shall start more special services on new routes," the government said in a statement. The rail network, among the world's largest, carries over 20 million people each day and is the lifeline for people living in far flung corners of the country.

The announcement late on Sunday of the restart of some train service came on the same day India's coronavirus infections jumped by 4,214, the most ever, to 67,152.

India's rail, road, and air services were suspended in March to stop infections from spreading into the country's interior, but the number of cases has kept rising each day. Officials say the spread of the disease would be worse if Modi's stringent restrictions had not been put in place.

In a separate release, the Railways said it had run a total of 366 ‘Shramik Special’ trains up until Sunday afternoon. These trains had ferried migrants to Tiruchirappalli, Titlagarh, Barauni, Khandwa, Jagannathpur, Khurda Road, Prayagraj, Chhapra, Balia, Gaya, Purnia, Varanasi, Darbhanga, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Jaunpur, Hatia, Basti, Katihar, Danapur, Muzzaffarpur and Saharsa.