Centre suspends all inter-state rail and bus services up to March 31st


Owning to the success of Janata Curfew today, the Union government has extended the restrictions on the movement of non-essential passenger transport services including inter-state transport buses till March 31, 2020. 

A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting held today morning with Chief Secretaries of all the States by the Cabinet Secretary and the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister in New Delhi today. All the Chief Secretaries informed that there is an overwhelming and spontaneous response to the call for Janta Curfew given by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

It was also decided to issue appropriate orders to allow only essential services to operate in the 75 districts which have reported confirmed cases or casualties related to COVID 19. The State Governments may expand the list depending on their assessment of the situation. It was noted that several State Governments have already issued orders in this regard.

The following are the decisions taken at the CS’s meeting:

  • All train services suspended till March 31, 2020, including suburban rail services. However, goods trains are exempted.
  • All metro rail services will be suspended until March 31, 2020. 
  • State Governments to issue orders allowing only essential services to operate in about 75 districts with confirmed COVID 19 cases.
  • All Inter State passenger transport services also to be suspended till March 31, 2020.