Indian Railways has now restored running 78 per cent of mail and express trains, and 91 per cent of suburban trains that it operated in the pre-Covid-19 levels, according to Indian Railways’ data. With effect from April 1 to April 5, almost 63 pairs of mail express trains and 53 passenger trains have been restored.
A large chunk (almost 80 per cent) of passenger trains – which are shorter distance trains with a lot of stops – have not yet been restored. It may be noted that Railways has also lowered the number of stops for some long distance trains based on the demand.
Suburban trains have also reached 91 per cent of operations as of now compared to pre-Covid-19 levels. Specifically, at present, 300 metro trains are operational (100 per cent against pre-Covid-19 levels), 1,282 trains are operational in Eastern Railway (91 per cent of pre-Covid-19 level trains), 146 suburban trains are operational in South Eastern Railway (77 per cent), 1,686 in Central railway (94 per cent), 1,300 trains (95 per cent), 667 trains (94 per cent), while South Central Railway has not started any suburban trains.
On whether Railways is considering pulling back some services in the backdrop of a surge following Covid-19 spread, Railway sources said there were no such plans as of now.