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'Post-lockdown bookings never stopped,' says Indian Railways

Commercial airlines SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir have started accepting bookings from April 15 onwards for domestic travel

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'Post-lockdown bookings never stopped,' says Indian Railways
After the 21-day lockdown announcement, railways canceled all passenger train services till April 14

The Ministry of Railways, on Thursday, has given a clarification that reservation for journeys post April-14 was never stopped during the lockdown. The advance reservation period for taking reserved tickets is 120 days, according to the Railways.

"Ticket booking for 15th April and beyond were made prior to the lockdown," the Ministry of Railways said in a notification.

However, the ministry has not given any slot between March 24 and April 14 to anyone as passenger services have been suspended during this period.

PM Narendra Modi had announced a three-week nationwide lockdown starting midnight of March 24 to contain the spread of coronavirus. During the 21- day lockdown, only railways' freight movement is active to carry essential commodities across the country.

The COVID-19 count in the country continues to rise sharply, with fresh cases being reported from different parts of the country. The total tally of active COVID-19  cases has surged to 1,764, while 150 have been cured or discharged. Fifty have died due to the virus, according to the Ministry of Health's data as of April 2, 9 am.

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